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This week, Nintendo did its usual thing and made a major announcement in a (basically) unsuspecting world. Now that the exposure of the Switch OLED model has been settled, it’s time to ask an important question: it Where will the rumored Switch Pro be left?
In case you missed it, the Switch OLED model offers a larger 7-inch screen with superior brightness and deeper, more convincing contrast. Nintendo has also added improved speakers, Microsoft Surface-style brackets and LAN ports to the redesigned docking station-all of which are on a machine that retails for $350. However, compared with the original Switch and Switch Lite, the power of the console is not improved-the battery capacity is also the same as the original Switch model (specifically, an improved 2019 iteration).
Some reports related to what is believed to be the Switch Pro have been verified by the release of the Switch OLED model. For example, as early as March 2021, it was reported that Samsung was mass-producing a 7-inch, 720p OLED panel for Switch, with the goal of producing nearly 1 million units per month and shipping the first batch of panels to assemblers. July.This fits perfectly with the Switch OLED model released in October, so rumors are flying-but many people want the panel to be included in a console that supports 4K (when docked)-and Bloomberg The source suggested. Even Universal Display Corp, where Samsung (and many other companies) licensed OLED technology, mentioned the Switch Pro report in the first quarter investor conference call.
Another rumor is related to the aforementioned stand, which is correct-the docking station itself contains a LAN port as well.However, the 7-inch OLED panel also Mentioned in this report, this is another sign that some of these sources simply confuse the OLED model of the fabulous Switch Pro.
If this is the case-and many people seem to be satisfied with this explanation-then why are there so many reports (from respected publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, lest we forget) suggest a more powerful Switch variant On departure? Why are there reports that 4K output will be included, and why do so many people expect a more powerful system?
Rumors that the Switch is improving its internal hardware have been circulating for a long time. Although Bloomberg and other sources have repeatedly claimed to have spoken with people who are “familiar with this matter”, people would like to imply that some “point connections” have already taken place here. . In March of this year, NVIDIA announced that it would stop producing the chips that power the Switch, which intensified earlier rumors that the console will benefit from a better SoC at some point in the near future—that is, the Tegra X1’Mariko’, and eventually Enter the 2019 revision of Switch and Switch Lite, but other reports indicate that a brand new chipset is also in progress.
Looking at all the rumors and reports we have seen in the past few years-and considering the arrival of the Switch OLED model-it is easy to understand why so many people have opened up those who report on the rumored Switch. However, as anyone involved in consumer electronics will tell you, hardware development is not something that happens overnight, and Nintendo-just like any other video game hardware manufacturer-will always work on new concepts and variants.
Of course, this leads us to a situation where “stopped clocks are always correct twice a day”; those who claim that these reports are true will eventually be verified, because of course Nintendo is developing a new variant of the Switch.This is a pumping company six Different versions of 3DS, lest we forget; predicting that another, more powerful model will appear at some point is a breeze.
However, some people claim that they have heard that the Pro model is still under development and is expected to be launched in 2022:
From a fan’s point of view, the most frustrating thing about all this is everyone Speaking of Switch Pro, it might be right. We know that Nintendo likes to iterate its portable hardware soon after the initial release (don’t forget that GBA SP arrived less than two years after the original model was released, and DS Lite came to the scene 15 months later in 2004 to launch the “phat” version ), and the launch of the Pro model was much earlier than planned.
With COVID-19 sweeping the world from the beginning of 2020, and the Switch’s sales momentum is incredible (perhaps unexpected?), this may just be Nintendo’s change of plans based on the reality. It’s not a unique thing, and it’s happening all the time in the world of consumer electronics—and it’s entirely possible that one of the “sources close to it” who talked to Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal was just conveying the state of affairs. That particular moment was in Nintendo’s production chain.
In addition, just because the 7-inch OLED screen, improved stand, and LAN-enabled base are part of the OLED model, this does not mean that these same elements will not become part of the Switch Pro. In fact, it doesn’t make any sense for Nintendo to revert to a smaller LCD panel for the future Switch SKU, so you might argue that by releasing the revised base model now, Nintendo is paving the way for a more powerful upgrade. future.
It is also worth pointing out that as the plan changes, the goals are also changing. The Switch will be available for 5 years in 2022. Although Nintendo predicts that the system will have a long service life, the upgrade will be late by then (some people may even say that it should be late). Perhaps “Switch Pro” will simply evolve into Switch 2, which is the complete successor to the original Switch. It is not an incremental update, but a completely reformed platform.
Of course, this assumes that Nintendo goes against tradition and sticks to the Switch concept, instead of doing what it often does. It is trying to change the paradigm in a whole new way, just like it did with DS, Wii, Wii U and Switch. It is always possible for Nintendo to abandon the hybrid concept and release something completely new, but it is hoped that the failure of Wii U and the fact that Nintendo has opened up a profitable niche of its own will prevent this action.
No matter what happens, now that the OLED model has broken in, it will be interesting to see if rumors and reports still exist.
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