Nintendo Switch 2 backwards compatibility could be limited to certain models according to new rumor
Nintendo Switch 2 rumors have been part of the discussion in a new XboxEra podcast, with “Shpeshal Nick” (Nick Baker) providing the latest information, which appears to be mostly a mixture of “my source said this”, rumor, and admitted assumptions. In fact, after the details were highlighted on Reddit, Baker responded to remind everyone that his source was not sure, so as always, a pinch of salt is required for this specific Switch 2 rumor. It is, at least, more believable than a claim made recently that a Nintendo Switch 2 unveiling would happen this week.
In a nutshell, Baker states that he heard some stuff about the Nintendo Switch 2 that could be described as “PlayStation-like”, or in other words, there would be at least two SKUs in a similar fashion to Sony releasing the physical media PlayStation 5 console and the digital media PS5. Another recent rumor also claimed that there would be a digital Switch 2 and physical Switch 2 coming, so this belief has gained some more traction here. However, Baker claims there was a plan to only offer backwards compatibility on one model.
The assumption put forward by the podcast hosts, which is reasonable, is that a digital Nintendo Switch 2 might not have backwards compatibility and would be priced accordingly i.e., cheaper. This would leave the more-expensive physical Nintendo Switch 2 to bring its unique selling points of cartridge functionality and backwards compatibility to the table, likely encouraging gamers to spend more of their hard-earned cash on things that may not have been considered valuable additional features in previous console generations.
(Check the video at around the 2 h 17 m mark for Nintendo Switch 2 rumors.)