The Nintendo Switch has hit the store shelves only a year and a half ago, and already there are rumors of an updated version of Nintendos latest hybrid console. According to a transcript posted in the Wall Street Journal, the big N plans to update some components of the Switch.
WSJ reports that Nintendo is considering to update the display of the console. Currently featuring a lower quality display, this change could enhance the colors, contrast, brightness and battery life of the system. Furthermore the Switch could receive a thinner, more compact design factor as well. You can check out the full transcript below.
However, it safe to assume that Nintendo will provide 100% backward compatibility to all games, making any possible change to the console a rather minor upgrade, much in line with the Playstation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. More comfortable to hold Joy-Cons, a more powerful console for better frame rates, and faster loading times could all be amongst the enhancements the Switch could receive. The biggest advantage Nintendo is, is the data it collected on how players use the system, and make improvements in those areas.
Nintendo is still debating what new hardware and software features to include in the upgrade and weighing the cost of the features, people with knowledge of the discussions said.
One option is improving the display, they said. The current Switch uses a lower-end liquid-crystal display without some technologies that are standard in more recent smartphone LCDs.
Updating the display with these technologies would make it brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient. The updated Switch isn’t expected to adopt the organic light-emitting diode or OLED panels used in Apple Inc.’sAAPL 1.22% iPhone X series.
Nintendo is looking to release the new Switch in the latter half of 2019, perhaps as soon as summer, the people said.