Earlier today, Nintendo finally took the veil off of the heavily-rumored Nintendo Switch Lite. It was unofficially dubbed as the “Switch Mini” prior to today’s announcement. But it wasn’t the only new Nintendo Switch model that was rumored to be in production. There is but another—”the Switch Pro.”
The rumored but unconfirmed Switch Pro is an upgraded model of the existing Nintendo Switch — the opposite of the new Switch Lite, which is a downgrade.
Following today’s announcement, CNET got a chance to talk with Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser. CNET did ask the president if an upgraded Switch is expected to release. Bowser responded by saying that the “larger Switch won’t get an upgrade right now.”
What does the future hold for Nintendo Switch?
The verbiage of “right now” does seem to indicate that perhaps an upgraded model truly is in the works. However, the point is we won’t be getting it anytime this year. In March 2020, the Switch will turn three years old. Later that year, the new, next-generation Xbox Scarlett will launch (possibly in November). Sony’s next PlayStation, the PS5, may also launch around that time.
Thus, the Switch and Switch Lite will be vastly outpaced from a technical perspective. So, if there’s any time for Nintendo to provide a truly improved model, it would be then, if not early 2021.