The Switch Pro is a sea serpent we’ve been talking about for months. Nintendo has always been very evasive about it and so far nothing has been formalized. Release date, specs, we’ve compiled all the leaks regarding this mystery product.
The Switch Pro. Here is a sea serpent that never ends. It’s a subject that has come up regularly since the console’s release in 2017. However, it does not exist, at least not officially. Nintendo has communicated very little on the subject and information is scarce.
In this file, we will summarize everything we know about the machine and review the leaks, the rumors, but also the positioning of Nintendo. Of course, we will update it regularly if other information appears.
WHAT WILL THE NEW SWITCH BE CALLED?
Out of habit, we call it the Switch Pro , but nothing says Nintendo will choose that name if the console ever comes out. It could very well be called the Switch U for example, or the Switch 2, or even the Switch XL, who knows?
An insider from Brazil evokes an evocative name: Super Switch. This would make it clear that we have a superior model here and also to refer to the Super Nintendo, which turns 30 this year.
But for the moment, nothing concrete on that side.
WHEN WILL THE SWITCH PRO BE RELEASED?
The Switch Pro is not announced, so it logically does not have a release date . We can only make assumptions. In March, it will be four years since the first Switch was released. Considering that the average lifespan of a console is seven years, this would be a good time for Nintendo to release it to revive the machine. The Japanese giant had also said a few months ago that the console was only halfway through its life cycle.
We remember that the Switch was released with Zelda Breath of the Wild as a launch game. The second episode being in development (date still unknown), we can imagine that a second version of the console accompanies its release to mark the occasion. A Brazilian leaker (the same one who mentioned the name Super Switch) claims that it would not be launched before the end of Nintendo’s fiscal year, which is next April. A Kantan analyst recently bet on the release of a Switch Pro in 2021.
On the Nintendo side, the artistic vagueness is deliberately maintained. While presenting his company’s latest financial results, Chairman Shuntaro Furukawa was asked by Bloomberg about the possible console. He simply replied that an announcement was not planned immediately and that Nintendo was going to focus on selling the Switch Edition Mario and Monster Hunter Rise. These two versions will be released soon.
On March 4, 2021, the very serious Bloomberg site published an article indicating that the Switch Pro will be released at the end of 2021. The screens of the console would be manufactured in June while the console would be assembled in July. Bloomberg is not in the habit of telling just anything, we can be aware of this statement.
WHAT WILL BE THE IMPROVEMENTS?
The Switch may be an excellent console, but it was already technically outdated when it was released. It is even more so today . Difficult in 2021 to be satisfied with a mediocre LCD screen in 720p. It is of course on this precise part that the rumors are intended to be the most insistent.
Bloomberg indicates, sources in support, that the Switch Pro would be equipped with a 7-inch OLED screen designed by Samsung (against 6.2 inches for the classic version). This screen would still be in 720p (too bad), but would logically provide better contrast than the current panel. The icing on the cake, it would also consume less energy, which would allow the console to gain autonomy. In dock mode, this new machine could also provide 4K compatibility, in order to offer a finer picture on your TV. In short, a clear improvement on paper which could be accompanied by a new design.
However, the arrival of a Switch Pro is not unanimous among developers. In the columns of Nintendo Everything, Ruud van de Moosddijk, founder of the Engine Software studio, believes that this new version would penalize the owners of the first model. Developers would then be forced to limit themselves and could not fully exploit the capabilities of the console. Nevertheless, the example of the various PS4 and Xbox One released in recent years tend to prove him wrong.
HAVE THERE BEEN ANY PRECEDENTS?
Releasing an upgraded version of the Switch wouldn’t be an extremely daring move. The history of the media is punctuated with examples of this type. We can cite the recent PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, which have coexisted with similar models, but inferior, or even the Xbox Series X and S. Nintendo is also used to the thing.
For example, the first PlayStation of the name, released in 1995 in Europe, was originally intended to be an improved version of the Super Nintendo and allow it to play CDs in addition to cartridges. The project fell through and Sony continued the development in its corner, with the result that we know. In 1999, Nintendo released the Nintendo 64DD in Japan , an extension for the console of the same name. This allowed him to have more memory, and therefore more beautiful games, as well as an Internet connection. However, the project was not unanimous and Nintendo stopped sales after two years.
The Game Boy Advance is the manufacturer’s first console to experience a successful “refresh”. In 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP gave a facelift to the classic Game Boy Advance released in 2001, giving it a new shape and above all a backlit screen.
The Nintendo DS, released in 2005 in Europe, has had three other versions (DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL). Nintendo 3DS, released in 2011, has multiplied its versions in order to appeal to the widest possible audience. There have been six Nintendo 3DS in total, counting the 2DS models (which run the same games). Finally, the Switch suffered the same fate with the Switch Lite, designed only for gaming in portable mode. The arrival of a Switch Pro would therefore not be something exceptional. It would even go in the logic of the constructor.
SWITCH PRO: WHAT WILL BE THE EXCLUSIVES?
The hardware of the console will be clearly above other Nintendo Switch so we are preparing for Nintendo to demonstrate its technical capabilities with a handful of exclusives. For now, the arrival of these exclusive games is nevertheless a rumor , and we will have to wait a few more weeks before discovering indiscretions from Nintendo or a partner studio.
DOES NINTENDO HAVE AN INTEREST IN LAUNCHING A SWITCH PRO?
In 2021, the arrival of a Switch Pro makes sense, for several reasons. 2020 has been a good year for Nintendo , which has never sold so many consoles in its history. In France, it has almost reached 5 million units since its release , experiencing double-digit growth according to the director of Nintendo France. Worldwide, more than 80 million copies have been sold, well helped in 2020 by flagship titles such as Animal Crossing New Horizons, huge box. By comparison, the Wii, the brand’s greatest success, had sold 101 million copies in total.