Report: "Upgraded" Nintendo Switch Model Releasing in 2021

Report: "Upgraded" Nintendo Switch Model Releasing in 2021

Nintendo is said to be looking into 4K visuals and upgraded processing power.

You'll be pretty familiar at this point with rumors about Nintendo releasing an updated or upgraded model of the Nintendo Switch. Today, a new report has shed a little more light on Nintendo's plans for revised version of the handheld console.

In a report from Bloomberg, noted Nintendo reporter Takashi Mochizuki writes that Nintendo "plans to debut an upgraded model of its Switch console next year along with a lineup of new games." Mochizuki reports that the company is basically "ceding" late 2020 to rivals PlayStation and Xbox, both of which are set to release next-gen consoles at some point later this year.

Although the "specifications of the new machine have yet to be finalized," the report from Bloomberg indicates that Nintendo has at least "looked into" including more processing power with upgraded 4K visuals. That would certainly be quite the step up from the Nintendo Switch's 720p/1080p visuals in docked and handheld modes.

This new upgraded Nintendo Switch console would be accompanied by a "slew" of new Nintendo games, as well as third-party releases for the console. There are no details on what games we should expect from Nintendo in early 2021, but it's worth remembering that Nintendo released the original Breath of the Wild in March 2017 alongside the Switch to the tune of 18.6 million sales worldwide as of June 2020. It's been well over a year since we've seen anything of Breath of the Wild 2.

For now though, the report from Bloomberg indicates that Nintendo has resolved its Switch productions troubles which have plagued the console throughout 2020 so far. There have been a distinct lack of Switch consoles available for purchase over the last few months, which began shortly after Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched in March. For now though, the report indicates that these production troubles are over.

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