Despite the fact that Nintendo believes the Switch has plenty of life left in it and isn’t worried one bit about the Xbox Series X or PS5, rumors have been swirling about a new Switch console being in the works. The first rumor involved the potential for a dual-screen switch, which would have been quite awkward, while the most recent rumor suggested that a new Switch with “upgraded interactivity” was in development. That rumor suggest that a Switch Pro of sorts, with 4K capability, was in development, and now a new report from Bloomberg seems to be backing that up in a major way.
That report says that Nintendo has asked its assembly partners to “increase production” to 30 million units with the sole purpose of meeting extreme demand. That’s not surprising, honestly, since the Switch was hard to come by in the early days of COVID lockdown. But, that’s not the real meat and potatoes of that report. The real news here is that “several outside game developers,” who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the outlet that Nintendo is asking them to “make their games 4K ready.”
This is huge news as the current Nintendo Switch doesn’t support 4K, so there’s a big hint here that an upgraded Switch is in the works. It could be a revamped console or it could be something along the lines of a Switch Pro – simple to the PS5 Pro or Xbox One X, for example. All of this also collaborates a previous report from Bloomberg that said a new Switch model would have “more computing power and 4K high-definition graphics.”
While the report is obviously coming from a credible source and it does sound on the high side of legitimacy, you should still take it with a grain of salt. Nintendo has yet to confirm anything else being in the works. If these reports do turn out to be accurate, you can probably expect the updated switch or “Nintendo Switch Pro” to launch sometime in mid-to-late 2021 at the earliest.