VideoGamesChronicle recently published an article revealing that, according to unspecified sources, “multiple people with knowledge of Nintendo’s next-gen console plans,” the developer plans to release new hardware during the second half of 2024.
Of course, provided details were scarce, but they’re about what you’d expect. This new hardware would retain the portable functionality of the Switch, potentially an LCD screen to lower the costs an OLED screen would require, and, relievingly, a slot for physical cartridges.
Moreover, the supposed reasoning for this chosen release window is that Nintendo can make sure that their stock can keep up with demand, as opposed to the infamous shortages faced by the PlayStation 5, for example.
You should obviously take this all with a grain of salt, but it sounds relatively believable. The Switch has recently seen numerous new releases, with first-party launches doing exceptionally well. However, even though Nintendo isn’t trying to match the level of quality and performance of the Series X|S and PS5, there comes a point where the gap has to be addressed somewhat, especially for third-party releases.
Other points worth pondering are what the internal memory of the next Nintendo hardware would be like, given the drastic size increases of most games nowadays. Plus, while we’re all expecting full backward compatibility with one’s original Switch library, receiving confirmation would be nice.
For more details on this report, check out VideoGamesChronicle’s coverage, which has comments from various analysts for further support.
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