Earlier today, Nintendo announced the Switch Lite, a smaller, handheld-only version of the Nintendo Switch. Since the announcement, fans have wondered if we would receive a beefed up, “Pro” version of the Switch as well. But Nintendo was quick to shoot this down. However, it does look like the current Switch model will be getting some internal hardware updates.
Nintendo recently filed a Class II Permission Change to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This request allows Nintendo to change the components of a product without refiling for the approval of a completely separate product, thus saving the company time.
The request outlines a “change in SoC type,” “change of NAND memory type,” and a new CPU to accommodate the other changes. The SoC, or system-on-chip, is referencing the NVIDIA Tegra processor that makes the Switch such a powerful handheld console. The NAND memory is just as it sounds: an updated component for storing files, such as games and save data.
So, these upgrades aren’t necessarily the “Switch Pro” that everyone has been wanting Nintendo to make. But that’s okay. It’s awesome to know that Nintendo is updating their system with better components in the hopes that future models will run better. I certainly never saw them doing this with the Wii U, so it’s a welcome change.
Plus, if you’re a new Switch owner, you want to get the best version of the console you can. If Nintendo updates some components under the hood, you can feel better that they have your best interests in mind. To be honest, it’s unlike the company to make a more powerful version this early in a console’s lifetime anyway, so we shouldn’t be expecting a Switch Pro for a while yet.
So what do you guys think? Do you welcome Nintendo changing the current models? Would you rather have a beefier Switch instead? Let us know in the comments down below!