There have been many rumours suggesting there would be an upgrade to the Nintendo Switch, and a new report says there WAS one, but it was dropped.
The swirling rumours surrounding a second Nintendo Switch console have been happening since even back when the Switch Lite was announced in 2019, and after the subsequent release of the Nintendo Switch OLED fans weren’t too happy with the ‘upgrade’ provided by Nintendo. While notable upgrades weren’t provided by the OLED model, such as improved Joy-Con controllers or more RAM, the OLED was received with a mixed reception, with most people on Twitter reacting with a basic ‘that’s it?’ attitude. But Digital Foundry just unleashed a report that suggests there was another model planned, but it was cancelled in the video below (skip to 50:30).
The new report says there was something else in the works entirely, similar to how the New Nintendo 3DS XL was to the basic Nintendo 3DS. Digital Foundry Staff Writer John Linneman details this console — possibly dubbed the Nintendo Switch Pro — and potential reasons it may not have seen the light of day.
“So I think at one point internally, from what I can understand from talking to different developers, is that there was some sort of mid-generation Switch update planned at one point, and that seems to be no longer be happening.” Digital Foundry, John Linneman details it. “And thus, it’s pretty clear that whatever they do next is going to be the actual next-generation hardware.”
Besides revealing there was a possible Switch Pro in development, Linneman listed potential problems the console could have, citing worries of a transition ‘flopping’ and the actual successor NEEDING backwards compatibility. Whatever the direction Nintendo goes in with their next mainline console, it seems the heavily rumoured ‘Nintendo Switch Pro’ won’t happen in favour of the next generation, which the report details as ‘not happening in 2023’.