Not very long ago, we reported on the rumour that Nintendo is working on not one but two new Switch models – a ‘Lite’ version apparently aimed at the younger end of the market and a ‘Pro’ edition with enhanced features.
Now, Japanese business journal Nikkei has offered up some more nuggets of info. Regarding the “inexpensive” variant, Nikkei once again backs up Wall Street Journal reports by explaining how this particular system will be cheaper and more portable. It also mentions how the smaller system will be released this fall and can still be played on a television with the assistance of a dock – which goes against previous rumours claiming the “Switch Lite” would not be playable in this mode.
However, it’s the part of the report relating to the more powerful model which is perhaps more interesting:
Beyond the smaller, budget-focused model lies the development of the overhauled next-generation model intended to replace the one currently available. Nintendo is believed to be experimenting on a number of different things for the device, including usability, improved image rendering, and changes to the operating system, among other things. One development source contends, however, that it still remains unclear at this stage who at the company will end up taking the lead on conceptual development for the new console.
It would seem that Nintendo is, at present, still largely undecided on what direction the ‘Pro’ model should take, and the wording suggests that the ‘Lite’ variant will hit the market first. The wording also makes it sound like this more powerful version is going to be a true successor to Switch – a ‘next-gen’ model – which goes against previous rumours that it would be more of a ‘3DS to New 3DS’ upgrade.
Note: The story was previously published following a mistranslation from the source. It has now been corrected to reflect the more accurate translation.