Nintendo Switch to Get a Pricier Model Upgrade Soon Amidst Hardware Shortages

Published 05/27/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
A Nintendo Switch home console fitted with Joy Con controllers photographed on a tabletop, taken on March 7, 2017. (Photo by James Sheppard/Future via Getty Images)


Sony and Microsoft did their part in delivering an upgraded generation of PlayStation and Xbox, respectively to their fans. This left Nintendo behind with 4-year-old hardware, as the Nintendo Switch slowly gets outdated. Even though games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons drove the sales of the handheld console, fans have constantly been demanding an upgrade.

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It seems like the Kyoto-based company has finally decided to deliver on the fans’ demands. According to Bloomberg, Nintendo plans to roll out an upgraded Switch replacement as soon as September. Naturally, the upgrade will come at a higher cost, beating the current $299 price of the Switch.

Nintendo to announce new Switch ahead of E3 2021

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Bloomberg also predicts that the popular console manufacturers will announce the upgrade ahead to E3 starting on June 12. The virtual conference is a place for developers to showcase their new and upgraded IPs. Naturally, Nintendo would want to seize the opportunity and let developers use the new hardware to show how games appear on the upgraded console.

A Nintendo Switch console, dock, Joy-Con Grip, and a pair of Joy-Con controllers, taken on February 22, 2017. (Photo by Joby Sessions/Future via Getty Images)

Not a lot of details are available on what the upgrade entails. However, with the competition from PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, the new Nintendo Switch has to pack a punch. Regardless, what we do know is that the upgraded model will come with “a 7-inch Samsung Display Co. OLED display and faster Nvidia Corp. graphics silicon making it capable of 4K output when docked to a TV“: Courtesy of Bloomberg.

Nintendo plans to start the assembly of the new Switch as early as July. With production ramping up to full scale around October, the console will be available in retail starting September.

Older switch to phase out amidst production shortages

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As Nintendo brings a new and upgraded model of its blockbuster console, it plans to phase out the previous one. The production for the older switch will stop, and the new one will sell alongside the Switch Lite. As exciting as all this sounds on paper, making it work might not be as easy.

Detail of a group of men and women playing video games on a Nintendo Switch console with Pro and Joy-Con wireless controllers, taken on March 7, 2017. (Photo by James Sheppard/Future via Getty Images)

The electronic and automobile industry is facing a widespread shortage of semiconductors. This has also affected the production of all gaming consoles, including the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, as well as the current model of the Nintendo Switch. In this crisis, it would be impossible to meet the demands that will arise as a result of the planned launch.

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Nintendo chooses to remain silent on the matter. There has been no official statement from the officials, and those who have commented on the issue choose to remain anonymous.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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