NINTENDO is expected to launch a new version of the Switch later this year.
Better yet, the console is tipped to land in September – giving us plenty of time to bag one before Christmas.
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The long-rumoured console is being described as a Nintendo Switch Pro.
And according to a new Bloomberg report, the console will land in September or October.
The device is expect to cost more than the £279/$299 Nintendo Switch we know and love today.
Excitingly, Nintendo is expected to announce the new console before the E3 gaming convention – which kicks off on June 12.
It’s said that this is to give Nintendo developers the chance to show off their “full range of Switch games” at the event.
That means we could see an announcement in the coming days.
According to the new report, Nintendo will phase the current Switch out.
But it’s expected that the £199/$199 Switch Lite will remain on sale.
Sadly, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed these plans, so take all leaks and rumours with due caution.
The original Nintendo Switch launched back in 2017, to phenomenal success.
Currently the Nintendo Switch is only capable of running Full HD 1080p games while docked – or HD 720p in handheld mode.
That’s despite rivals offering 4K gaming, and 4K TVs now being cheaper and more common.
However, recent reports have suggested that the Nintendo Switch Pro will be capable of 4K gaming while docked.
The console is expected to feature a larger OLED panel built by Samsung.
Unlike traditional LED-backlit LCD screens, an OLED display has pixels that illuminate themselves.
That means individual pixels can be turned on or off, allowing for deeper blacks, improved contrast and a wider range of colours.
And the lack of a large backlight creates energy savings too.
The screen is expected to come in at 7 inches from corner to corner, up from the current 6.2 inches.
It’s unclear if the new model will be branded as the Nintendo Switch 2, or land as more of a “quiet” upgrade.
Nintendo previously improved battery life on the Switch without introducing it as a separate model.
However, Nintendo did recently launch Switch Lite, which is a cheaper handheld-only version of the console.
We don’t have any pricing info for a Nintendo Switch 2.
But it’ll certainly be in high demand, if the recent PS5 and Xbox launches are anything to go by.
What’s more, the Nintendo Switch usually sells out each year during the holidays, partly due to Black Friday but primarily because of Christmas.
So it’s very possible that the Nintendo Switch 2 will be very difficult to get.