Earlier this year, Nintendo denied a 2020 release of a next Gen Nintendo Switch but gamers are in for a treat as a new rumour suggests that Nintendo is in early development of what could be the Nintendo Switch Pro.
During an earnings call early this year, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa straight-up told investors and reporters that there won’t be any new Switch hardware in 2020.
“Regarding Nintendo Switch, we believe that it is important to continue to communicate the appeal of both Nintendo Switch systems and expand the installed base,” said Furukawa.
“Please note that we have no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020.”
So far the Nintendo Switch and its counterpart the Lite, are doing really well in the market. So it makes sense for them to coast on that.
Nintendo sold 10.81 million Switch consoles last quarter alone, boosting the system’s lifetime sales to 52.48 million. The Switch has now surpassed the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in total sales and Nintendo president sees still more room for continued growth in this current generation of Switch consoles before moving on to the next.
As things are looking so far, the Switch and Switch Lite are in the running to surpass even Sony’s PlayStation 4 in terms of lifetime sales, assuming momentum continues.
Sony sold 50 million units by December 2016, about 37 months after its launch. The Switch, however, has generated more sales in only 34 months, making it even more popular than a Sony Playstation product in its prime.
According to RedGamingTech, a reliable source maintains that Nintendo is currently testing two sets of hardware and assumedly the successor to the Nintendo Switch.
The first set was tested last year, with the second set having been tested this year. The next Gen console will likely contain Nvidia hardware and a Pascal-based chipset.
It is reportedly set to be a Dual Screen Model with a chipset from Samsung and AMD. Nintendo has yet to finalise the hardware and complete testing for game compatibility.