Report: Cheaper Nintendo Switch Coming End of June, Base Switch to Receive Upgrade

The "Nintendo Switch revision" rumor mill just won't stop grinding.

According to reports, we might see a cheaper model of the Nintendo Switch by June. We might also see a "modest upgrade" to the current Switch hardware in lieu of receiving a new, more powerful Switch model.

The rumor comes way of Bloomberg, which published a report yesterday about Nintendo's recent financials, the impending release of the Switch in China, and worries about Nintendo's short sales ("bets the stock will fall"). Two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg we can expect to see a "new, cheaper" version of the Switch by the end of June. Interestingly, the sources also say we'll see a beefed-up version of the Switch this year as well, though Nintendo will supposedly upgrade the current Switch model instead of making a separate system.

We've been hearing rumblings about new Switch models for quite some time, though most reports suggest we'll see a cheaper Switch model in addition to a model that's more powerful than the current release. It'd certainly keep things simpler if the current Switch was significantly upgraded.

I'm reminded of how the Game Boy Advance SP's clamshell model, back light, and rechargeable battery was a huge improvement over the first-generation Game Boy Advance. In time, the latter replaced the former. I can easily envision a revamped Switch with a better screen, better battery life, and a more powerful processor that lets developers keep frame rates consistent without having to sacrifice too much visual detail. That’s going to become more important as publishers try to bring more triple-A games to Switch.

Eurogamer reached out to Nintendo for comment about Bloomberg's report, but Nintendo offered its usual reply about how it doesn't comment on rumor or speculation. We'll find out about these phantom Switches one way or another as Summer draws nearer.

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