Nintendo Switch Pro can only remain a rumor
New forecasts released by analysts this week suggest that Nintendo could be skipping plans for an upgraded Nintendo Switch console, commonly referred to as the Switch Pro.
Gamers and market watchers have been waiting for Nintendo to unveil a mid-cycle refresh in the guise of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X since the original Switch was released in 2017.
But so far, only Oled refresh has been made available, making little to no changes to the basic guts of the handheld system.
There have been reports of a 4K console powered by new Nividia technology in the past, and there’s no reason to believe Nintendo would skip such an opportunity to expand the brand further.
However, an analyst has put together a new forecast that claims Nintendo could skip a Switch Pro console and move to a new machine.
The only problem would be that Nintendo wouldn’t have a new flagship device until 2024, while the PS5 and Xbox Series X continue to build player bases in the meantime.
The important thing to note here is that Nintendo has never tried to compete with PlayStation and Xbox when it comes to graphics, making it feasible that they wouldn’t worry about outdated hardware dating back to when it launched in 2017.
The new report was shared by Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis as part of a longer feature on game predictions published by GamesIndustry.biz.
The full message reads: “I currently expect console market performance to be pretty flat year-over-year in 2022 as Switch sales drop and we roll out to what has been a great couple of years for console gaming.
Nevertheless, the Nintendo Switch family of devices will once again be the best-selling consoles in 2022 with approximately 21 million devices sold to consumers, aided by the release of Switch OLED. I don’t expect a Switch Pro in 2022.
“We have a next-gen Nintendo console in our predictions for late 2024, so I’m not convinced there will be a ‘Pro’ model.
“PS5 will outsell Xbox Series X|S globally. Projected combined sales to gamers are around 28 million.
“The PS5 and Xbox Series X will be limited, but I expect availability will slowly improve over the year and be in a better place as we approach the holiday season.”
Losing on a Switch refresh means gamers will have to make do with the base Nintendo Switch console until another one was ready to hit the shelves. In the past, this meant longer waiting times due to supply constraints, a problem that could recur.
The good news, though, would be that a revamped console wouldn’t extend the Switch’s lifecycle, meaning the replacement would arrive sooner and offer a refreshed and more powerful platform.
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