(techno music) – This morning, the Wall Street Journal reported, that Nintendo is supposedly working on a new model of the Switch, dated for sometime next year, possibly as early as summer. Now this is something that we have been long speculating about. I feel like almost as soon as a half a year after the original Switch came out. A lot of people were already wondering, well, what would they do if they made a new version? Whether that’s a XL, a pro, a pocket, some kind of new version. What could they improve? Now so far, based on what the Wall Street Journal is reporting the only thing that’s really been talked about from Nintendo is the idea of improving the screen with better LCD technology. The main two takeaways from it would be: potentially better battery life and a brighter screen, but those kinda changes alone don’t exactly justify an entire model refresh. So let’s talk about what other changes Nintendo could possibly be making for a new Nintendo Switch. Now when we’re talking about the Switch, it’s important to note that the Switch itself is really just the tablet portion of the system.
I know often times people picture it as one whole unit when it’s in portable mode, but really that’s the Joy-Cons being attached to the Switch and they’re their own kinda separate thing. And that partially influences what Nintendo could potentially do with the new one. We’ll get to that a little later, but for now lets just talk about what kinda changes we could see happen with the main Switch body. First, we’ve already mentioned the fact that it sounds like Nintendo wants to give it a brighter screen, but another possibility is a larger screen as well. Now, it’s not very likely that they’ll increase the size of the Switch unit itself because that kind of messes with the whole dynamic of having Joy-Cons that can slot into the side unless they make large Joy-Cons.
Then that’s the whole thing with where new stuff doesn’t match up to the old stuff and that’s just a whole issue that I’m hoping doesn’t happen. But assuming that it is maintaining the same general portions and sizes it’s still possible that we could get a larger screen size by reducing the bezel. Because the bezel on the Switch is fairly large noticeable. So it is something that we could see a little bit bigger. Physically another possible change that I would personally love to see, I mean once again, this has always been one of the biggest nit picky arguments about the Switch itself but let’s change the kickstand. Please. Somehow. Maybe something that doesn’t quite as easily break off. I mean I know the idea is that if it breaks off it’s easy to reinsert but if that happens multiple times it gets the point it’s just this thing that doesn’t set right.
Let’s just. Let’s just overhaul that whole system. Please. Now, physically that’s honestly it on my end for requests. Like I said, I don’t think we can do things like make it a larger or smaller body because then that gets into a whole territory of actually being a separate system from the current ecosystem. But there is some stuff internally we could change. For instance, I really would like to see just a bit more power in the system.
I’m not talking about some kind of major overhaul or getting some kind of 4K supportive Switch. Which would actually be really cool. But, you know, something a little more realistic. I just want a little more power for the sake of just smoothness for gameplay. You know, There’s a lot of games right now that aren’t fully optimized for either portable or home. There are actually games portable is great and then if you are playing on docked mode you’re getting small frame rate reductions. There’s other games where if you’re in home mode it looks great but if you’re doing things handheld there’s resolution drops and just all kinds of issues. So if we could just get just a little more power to even out a lot of those issues. I would really like that. Now the other big question is, what happens to the Joy-Cons themselves? Are we going to see any kind of revision for those if there’s a new Switch? Cuz once again we still run into the same problem of if we want to make sure that any kind of new stuff still works with older, current Switch stuff they have to be roughly the same size still or at least have the same kind of rail size to be able to attach to the side of the Switch.
But there is another limitation to worry about with Joy-Cons as well and that’s Nintendo’s obsession with the ability to use them as their own singular controller when held sideways. Cuz there’s a lot of stuff that might make a lot of sense when using the Switch in handheld mode or using a pair of Joy-Cons at the same time. That doesn’t necessarily make sense for using a single Joy-Con on its own. Part of the reason why Joy-Cons aren’t quiet as comfortable as they potentially could be is cuz Nintendo wants you to be able to hold them like this or like this.
But if like I said they dropped the idea of having both those options available a pro option could offer a better, more contoured grip design that could make them way more comfortable in either situation where using two at once. Something that is a little more unlikely, but I think may be possible is also adjusting the size of the Joy-Con’s, Once again you can’t mess with it too much cuz you want to make sure it can still work with modern systems. At least I hope that’s something that Nintendo cares about. But all that really matters for Joy-Cons to slide on the Switch itself is that the rail sizes match up. So as long as the rails are right. You could potentially make a larger Joy-Con as well for those people that find the smaller size to just be way too uncomfortable. Now another big question is if this actually is happening we’re getting a kind of revised Switch, what is it going to be called? Uh, Nintendo doesn’t have a deep history of revising systems when it comes to their main line consoles but they have done a ton of revisions when it comes to handhelds.
And based on what we’ve seen in the past with those there’s really kinda two forms of launch Nintendo uses. Either they take the simplest route possible and just call it something like “The New Version” for instance. If this new Switch has nothing noticeably, super different about it. They could just call it “The New Nintendo Switch” and honestly, I’m leaning to that being the most likely answer. However, something else that Nintendo has also done is if there is any kind of major, significant, noticeable change they’ll name it after that specific change. Whether that’s making it larger, calling it “The Switch XL,” making it smaller, calling it “The Switch Pocket.” If it offers 4K they could call it “The Switch 4K.” Any kind of combination like that depending on what that most significant change is could influence the name.
Look there are a lot of things Nintendo could possibly do with a revised Switch. And I think everyone has their own little wish list of things they would like to see or think they really need to change. Honestly, personally I lean towards the idea that I really think Nintendo’s probably going to be somewhat minimal with it. I don’t think their looking to radically change the design of the Switch or how it works. I think if anything we’re just going to see things like better battery life, brighter screens, hopefully larger screens, and just in general some performance ups would be really nice but we don’t know yet. We’re running off very little right now and hopefully we’re going to find out more soon.
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