Rumor | Nintendo Switch Pro could be released in early 2021 to disrupt the PS5 vs Xbox Series X match-up
There were rumors earlier this year that soon fizzled out about a potential Nintendo Switch Pro console in the works that would be fitted with a custom Volta GPU from Nvidia. Now new reports have surfaced stating that Nintendo is working on a revised Switch model, which could be marketed as a Switch Pro or take on another name. While much of the next-generation console focus has been on the upcoming PS5 vs Xbox Series X contest, this has given Nintendo and its Switch the opportunity to be the sleeping giant in this scenario, almost ready to wake up and disrupt the competition.
Apparently, a revised Nintendo Switch model could be launched in the first quarter of 2021, which would give enough time for the cacophony of the PS5 vs Xbox circus to die down a little, and leave the Switch 2021 or Switch Pro to grab all the limelight for itself. A predicted price for a Nintendo Switch Pro has even been offered, with it potentially costing US$399 according to a game industry consultant. The current eighth-generation Switch is still selling consistently well and Nintendo is only behind PlayStation in terms of top video-game brands for ad impressions. With the 2017-released device still being so popular, it might make more sense for Nintendo to release a Pro variant rather than nip and tuck the current model.
A report from the Economic Daily (in Chinese, via VGC) claims that the 2021 Switch model will have “more beautiful picture quality” and a higher level of interactivity for the player to utilize. Improved features would suggest a more powerful Pro-like console, and it would breathe new life into the series that currently consists of the Switch and Switch Lite. Over 61 million Nintendo Switch devices have been sold, and its worldwide popularity has been further cemented by incredible game sales – over 400 million units snapped up so far, with titles developed and published by Nintendo taking the lion’s share.
The popularity of the Nintendo Switch does not seem to be slowing down and there have even been bullish reports made by Japanese analysts claiming that the Switch might “overwhelmingly crush” the PlayStation 5 in regard to sales when holiday 2020 rolls around. Although this does sound somewhat optimistic, a hardware-enhanced Nintendo Switch Pro launched in early 2021 would definitely sell well, especially considering it would already have instant access to an outstanding games library.