Nintendo is preparing to launch a Switch Pro sometime in the first quarter of 2021, according to sources close to the supply chain. It has been several months since the improved version of the Swicth was announced. While it cannot compare to the PS5 and Xbox Series X in terms of performance, it should keep Nintendo in the game.
In early 2020, there were rumors that Nintendo was about to launch a Switch Pro. New leaks from supply chains confirm that a new version is in the works. According to Chinese media United Daily News (UDN), production of the console would begin by the end of the year for release in the first quarter of 2021, a few months after the PS5 and Xbox Series. X.
A Nintendo Switch with better picture quality and 4K compatible
Without coming close to the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, the current Switch has established itself as one of the most popular consoles in the market. Nintendo’s hybrid console is positioned in a very specific segment and is not intended to compete with traditional home consoles. Nintendo will not stray from this strategy. However, the new Switch will be more powerful.
Without going into detail on what its spec sheet might be, UDN says it will provide better image quality while being more interactive. Nintendo would also seek to offer 4K. As reported by previous rumors, Nintendo and Nvidia are developing an improved version of the Tegra X1 chip for the new Switch. We don’t know if the chip will keep this name, but it would be reworked with a more powerful GPU that will allow developers to deliver games that are better rendered visually.
Nintendo has been offering a new version of the Switch with more battery life and a 100% portable Nintendo Switch Lite since last year. The new iteration of 2021 will introduce real evolutions even if it is unlikely to be a big generational leap. The Nintendo Switch Pro would be accompanied by a multitude of first-party games and other productions from external studios, according to the sources.
These games will appeal to a wide range of gamers: from casual gamers to hardcore gamers prone to marathon gaming sessions. Nintendo would therefore work twice as hard for a year 2021 full of surprises. This probably explains its relatively calm year 2020, which is not justified only by the covid-19 pandemic.