Nintendo has not yet unveiled an actual Nintendo Switch 2, but it has given us a glimpse of what is to come. Last year the Nintendo Switch OLED (long thought to be called the Nintendo Switch Pro) was unveiled, giving us an idea of the direction Nintendo consoles are taking. It is good to see that the company is embracing OLED display technology.
But what can we expect from Nintendo’s next-generation hardware? It is difficult to predict, because the company’s consoles are often very different from their predecessors. For example, the Wii U has virtually abandoned the motion controls of the wildly popular Wii in favor of the Wii U GamePad.
However, it is always fun to speculate, so let’s try to take a guess at what the successor to the Nintendo Switch might look like and explain Nintendo’s approach to console hardware in general.
NINTENDO SWITCH 2: WHEN MIGHT IT COME OUT?
The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch Lite was launched on September 20, 2019, and the Nintendo Switch OLED was released on October 8, 2021. All of these dates are more than surprising, since consoles tend to be released in November so that retailers can take advantage of the Christmas campaign.But in all fairness, Nintendo often has a habit of doing what it wants. But in all fairness, Nintendo often has a habit of doing whatever it wants.
As for the console’s release year, Nintendo’s typical cycle is about five years. The Nintendo Switch OLED was launched four years after the release of the original model, so it probably delayed the next generation of Nintendo consoles a bit.
Nintendo I reported in February 2021 that “the Nintendo Switch has entered the middle of its life cycle,” four years after launch. While many industry experts predict a next-generation Nintendo console by the end of 2024. But there is also another possibility
The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, 2017. The Switch Lite was launched in September 2019, while the Switch (OLED) was launched in October 2021, so another two-year interval is quite plausible, which would give us a new console in fall 2023. So that could be launched together with or after Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which is scheduled to be launched in spring 2023.
NINTENDO SWITCH 2: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Nintendo’s research and development department will already be at work on the company’s eighth home console. Most likely started as soon as they made the Nintendo Switch official. Although it is easy to compile a list of dream specifications for Nintendo’s next console, there is one primary goal to which the company will adhere rigidly: Nintendo’s next console must make people smile. After all, this is the main mission of the Kyoto-based company, which means we should expect the unexpected.
With this in mind, what can we anticipate at this point? Well, as it has always shown, Nintendo likes to chart its own course. In fact, the company expressly avoids trying to take on Sony and Microsoft, simply because it knows it cannot compete in a technological arms race or price war. So we will not have a console that is more powerful than PS5 or Xbox Series X, nor will it follow the same approach.
Blue Ocean Strategy
Instead, Nintendo will continue to use the so-called “blue ocean strategy.” In essence, this means that the company will try to find a gap in the market not exploited by its competitors. Sure, the company continues to make hardware and sell video games, but Nintendo will aim to offer something unique, whether it is a new version of an existing idea or a new control scheme. The platform holder thus relies on its timeless intellectual properties to promote the console’s new features.
This may be discouraging to those who would still like Nintendo to compete more directly with Sony and Microsoft. But if you exclude the Wii U-which was categorically a failure. Nintendo has been incredibly successful with this strategy. Ever since it changed its strategy after the Nintendo GameCube.
The Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, with their clamshell and dual-screen designs, were widely challenged over Sony’s PSP and PS Vita, but Nintendo’s eccentric offerings prevailed, so much so that Sony withdrew from the handheld console market altogether. The Wii, a console barely more powerful than the Nintendo GameCube and capable of producing only standard-definition images, won hearts and minds and expanded the gaming audience with its intuitive control scheme and immediate appeal.
How much will the new Nintendo Switch 2 cost?
Although we do not know for sure, it is very likely that the Switch 2 will experience a price increase over the existing Switch models.
The regular model was priced at 299 euros, while the OLED version cost 349 euros. Should the upgrade include features such as 4K support or more powerful graphics, the price should be higher than either. Of course, we cannot be certain, but the price should be between 399 and 499 euros.
Rumors about 4k and a new Nvidia chip?
4K support could be powered by a new Nvidia chip, which uses machine learning to render higher resolution images more efficiently. However, this will require enabling support within games, so do not expect older titles for Switch to support 4K output.
Evidence of this is the leaks from Nvidia’s code pointing to an API called “nvn2,” which is significant because the equivalent for the Switch was called, you guessed it, “NVN.”
The code indicates support for Nvidia’s Ampere GPU architecture, which supports DLSS, and for ray tracing, although it is less likely that the latter will be included in Nintendo’s hardware.
The leak also refers to T234-the code for Nvidia’s Orin System-on-Chip-and T239-which is presumed to be a customized version of that chip. Cui had already been rumored to be in the works for the Switch Pro.