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Upgraded Nintendo Switch could be released soon but fans should expect a higher introductory price for the next-gen "Pro" console

Creators have already been making attempts at what a Switch Pro or Switch 2 device could look like. (Image source: Nintendo/ZONEofTECH)
Creators have already been making attempts at what a Switch Pro or Switch 2 device could look like. (Image source: Nintendo/ZONEofTECH)
A new report concerning the successor to the Nintendo Switch has offered up some details in regard to potential release schedule and pricing. The upgraded console, which has been called the Switch Pro and Super Switch in the press, might be coming sooner than expected but unlikely at the same US$299 introductory price of the current model.
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An article from Bloomberg has shared some information about the new Nintendo Switch that many believe will be delighting fans at some point in 2021. The report agrees that an upgraded console should make an appearance this year, arguably earlier than many thought. It’s possible the next-gen Switch could be announced before E3 (June 12-15) with parts being shipped for assembly in July. Bloomberg opines that this could lead to a release for the upgraded Nintendo Switch at some point in September, when it would be sold alongside the Nintendo Switch Lite.

There is speculation about price too for the next-gen Nintendo Switch, with the writers of the report reckoning it will be higher than the US$299 that was initially asked for the 2017 Switch console. Back in January, an alleged leak claimed the Switch successor, which was listed as the “Nintendo Switch Pro”, would cost US$399 at release time. Splitting the difference to US$349 could be more reasonable for Nintendo fans used to shelling out less than their PlayStation and Xbox-loving counterparts, but it would also depend on what tech improvements the 2021 Nintendo Switch brought with it.

Once again, an OLED screen is mentioned for the upcoming Switch, as is more-powerful Nvidia silicon. There is a rumor that the next-gen console could be powered with a GPU utilizing Nvidia’s Lovelace architecture, and DLSS technology has frequently been mentioned in news about the Switch Pro, Super Switch, Nintendo Aula, and the other names the next console has seemingly acquired. A 2021 release for the new Switch will certainly excite Nintendo fans, as long as the Japanese company can handle the supply issues that have plagued Sony and Microsoft since their next-gen console releases.

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-05-27 (Update: 2021-05-27)