A Nintendo Switch With Dual Screens Could Be in Development

This news comes courtesy of the recent firmware update

Nintendo just rolled out Switch Firmware 10.0.0, and with it came button remapping and the much-needed ability to transfer games from internal storage to SD card. There was a little something hidden away inside that firmware update, and it was found by a seasoned dataminer known as Mike Heskin who found preliminary support for a new model codenamed “nx-abcd.”

Now, that codename does sound about as far from legitimate as possible, but it’s actually inline with previous codenames for various switch devices, including nx-abca, nx-abca2, nx-abcb, and nx-abcc. Nintendo has already gone on record and said that the Nintendo Switch is only halfway through its life cycle and isn’t considered with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 4, so this is a little strange, but we could be looking at a more premium model – one with dual displays, if you can believe that.

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In Heskin’s tweet above, he mentions the new DRAM profiles, but the most important part is the “evidence” of a secondary display. Of course, he didn’t elaborate on what this evidence is, but he’s been reliable in the past, so we’re taking it at face value. Such a model isn’t necessarily out of Nintendo’s spectrum as we’ve seen it before with the Nintendo DS, for example. However, given the size of the Switch as it is now, a second screen doesn’t really seem all that feasible. Adding a slide-out screen would undoubtedly make the Switch even bulkier and, probably, more difficult and taxing to hold. Adding a flip-up screen would make the switch to bulky for portability which is one of its bigger selling points.

Ideally, if a second screen was being considered, it would be something that connects externally, possibly via the same USB-C port that we use for charging and connecting the console to its base. That would still hamper portability to some extent, but it would be optional and could open the door for some cooler game features down the road. We wouldn’t advise that you expect to see a dual-screen Switch anytime soon, and there’s a strong possibility that it’s just something some developer is playing around with, but we’re definitely interested in hearing more about it.

In the meantime, you can learn about how people have been buying up the Switch like crazy amid the COVID-19 pandemic or the rumors that Nintendo is actively working on remastering its entire catalog of Super Mario games.

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Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.

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