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There May Be A New Nintendo Switch On The Way

Forget about the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X: the "Nintendo Switch Pro" is reportedly on the horizon. And if the rumors are to be believed, it could release much sooner than Sony or Microsoft's next-gen consoles.


All the analysts seem to agree that Nintendo intends to release a new, super-powered Switch this upcoming summer. According to DigiTimes, the company is already starting work on producing this "Switch Pro." The Taiwanese tech magazine says that the big changes have to do with a "magnesium alloy body and an update to the CPU." What this means for players is that at last Nintendo will be getting on the 4K support bandwagon, offering gamers a more powerful console able to display triple-A titles in the best way possible.

As part of Gamesindustry.biz's annual gathering of analyst predictions, Dr. Serkan Toto of Kantan Games said, "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will launch a 'Switch Pro' in 2020, my guess is at $399. More specifically, I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components."


And why should we trust Dr. Toto? Last year, he correctly predicted the surprise announcement of the Switch Lite, a more pared down but improved version of the classic Switch. Dr. Toto believes that a "beefed-up" Pro will follow the Lite.

Note that this isn't any kind of official announcement or confirmation. Rather, it seems that DigiTimes is providing some evidence in support of analysts like Dr. Toto and Wall Street Journal technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki. Mochizuki called this news all the way back in August, having reported on the release of the Nintendo Switch Lite, stating, "Nintendo has ideas for further updates to the Switch lineup after those two models to make the platform's lifecycle long."

The pros have predicted a "Switch Pro" releasing this summer. We'll have to wait and see if these predictions are indeed correct.