In 2017, Nintendo launched the hybrid Nintendo Switch console. While the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X offered minor refreshes of last-gen hardware with a focus on 4K technology, the Switch took a different approach as a hybrid device. In November 2020, Sony and Microsoft kicked off the next console generation with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Fans wondered what Nintendo would do next.
In 2021, Nintendo released an upgraded Switch model with more storage, an improved dock, extended battery life, and an OLED screen. However, it lacked any performance upgrades desired by fans. Rumors persisted that Nintendo was developing a true successor.
What’s Next for the Nintendo Switch?
According to a recent VGC article, Nintendo will likely release new Switch hardware in the second half of 2024. Multiple sources claim Nintendo wants ample stock ready for launch to avoid shortages plaguing the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The new system may return to an LCD screen to control costs and maintain the hybrid design. It could also feature some form of backwards compatibility with current Switch games and accessories. Notably, key partners allegedly already have development kits for the new hardware.
While details remain unconfirmed, it appears imminent that Nintendo will unveil a successor to the popular Switch. With rivals offering cutting-edge capabilities, the pressure is on Nintendo to deliver a next-gen hybrid system capable of competing on performance while retaining the versatility and accessibility that defined the Switch. As 2024 approaches, Switch fans eagerly await official word from Nintendo on what they can expect from the iconic brand’s next evolutionary step in hardware.