For the past few months, there have been several rumors that Nintendo is planning to release an upgraded/redesigned Switch model likely as soon as 2019. This alleged new model would feature many hardware improvements (such as a better screen and battery) and also the possibility of a spec bump, thus resulting in higher performance. This is similar to what Nintendo has done in the past mainly with its handhelds, and would also be similar to what happened with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Still, these have just been rumors. Now, though, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has actually given an official statement on the matter as part of a recent interview with Forbes.
And, as one would expect, Reggie didn’t actually provide a concrete answer. He actually skirted the question, simply stating that his current focus is continuing the momentum of the Switch we all know and love right now. Here’s his full comment:
Right now, as we go into our second holiday, my focus is making sure the current grey and neon Switch continue to have momentum in the market place. You saw systems, whether it’s our own or competitive home console systems, utilize that tactic a bit later in the life cycle. So right now, the current execution of Nintendo Switch with the Joy-Con and all of the capabilities, that’s our focus right now.
While this can pretty much be taken as being not a real answer, there is one line that stands out to me: “You saw systems, whether it’s our own or competitive home console systems, utilize that tactic a bit later in the life cycle.” Reggie could have just been making a general statement here, but this could also be a hint that Nintendo does intend to upgrade the Switch further down the line. Again, it wouldn’t be the first time the company has done so, as Reggie himself admitted. But, ultimately what he really seems to be saying with this statement is: ‘Enjoy what you have now and let’s see what happens’.