Report: Not One, but Two New Nintendo Switch Revisions Coming This Summer

One new Switch with "advanced features" and another lower-cost model.

Nintendo will introduce two new Nintendo Switch models, perhaps this summer, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The two revisions to the Nintendo Switch will be targeting different audiences, with a cheaper model and an enhanced model.

The WSJ article claims that the more budget model Switch will lose some features found on the original device, making the new version an ideal successor for players currently using the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds. As well as no longer having the rumble/vibration feature found in the Switch Joy-Cons, the cheaper model will reportedly not allow the controllers to be detached. It sounds a lot like a portable-only version of the Switch.

Details on the enhanced Nintendo Switch model are sparse, but the report does state that a source believes it "won't be as powerful as Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One X." Since a new revision Switch was rumored, fans have been eager to see if they'd get a "Nintendo Switch Pro" with improved performance. This now sounds likely, but how much more powerful the new model will be remains to be seen. The report goes on to say that sources have stated that the designs of the two new Switch models are "different from the original and you'd be surprised."

If new Nintendo Switch revisions/models are coming, Nintendo could reveal them during a Nintendo Direct. The smart money would be on a Direct aired just prior to E3 2019 kicking off, but Nintendo does tend to play by its own rules these days.

Nintendo recently aired a Nindies showcase, revealing multiple new indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch later in 2019. You can read all about them in our Spring Nindies Round-up.

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