There Might Be Two New Versions Of The Switch This Year
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that there will be two new models of the Switch releasing this year. One of them would be aimed at more engaged gamers, offering "enhanced" features, and the other would be aimed at players with a smaller budget.
While the enhanced Switch might mean a more powerful console, the WSJ's source makes clear it won't compete with the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. The cheaper system would sacrifice features like controller vibration to bring down the cost of the machine.
Ever since the reveal of the Switch we've been speculating that it's a console primed for upgrades. Everything about the console is designed for versatility - from its portable and dockable design, to the myriad of different ways the joy-con controllers can be used. Nintendo can release an upgraded tablet component and keep all of your peripherals the same, letting them work with the new core device.
Nintendo already experimented with this sort of mid-generation upgrade with the 3DS when it released the New Nintendo 3DS in 2014, three years after the original handheld's launch, that introduced a more powerful CPU to the device.
The main risk of these sort of mid-generation upgrades is leaving players behind. Very few games would exclusively run on the New 3DS, but it was frustrating that you had to buy a new console if you wanted to play Xenoblade Chronicles.
The WSJ's source says that the new devices will be revealed at E3 and then release them "a few months later".