Lack of Consensus Rules on Nintendo Switch Pro
Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb recently tweeted that the Nintendo Switch Pro could release as early as next year. Earlier rumors about the upgraded Switch model with a 7-inch OLED screen that persisted for over a year have been proved accurate by the launch of the Switch OLED model. However, that version, scheduled to release this October, is not the 4K-focused improvement Bloomberg and other mainstream outlets reported earlier. Omdia Senior Analyst of Marketing and Games Matthew Bailey said, "There never was a compelling business case for Nintendo to launch the ‘pro’ device most people were expecting. "It makes sense for Nintendo to release a minor, fully backward compatible upgrade to the existing Switch hardware."
Bailey said, “The new OLED model fulfills this brief and is in line with what Omdia was expecting. “It’s more likely that the upgrades designed to increase performance and graphical fidelity will be part of Nintendo’s next-generation console." Kantan Games CEO Serkan Toto shared that "Judging from how Nintendo management has been communicating, they are dead set on prolonging the lifecycle of the Switch as much as possible." He believes "we will see a stronger upgrade than this one along the line before Nintendo releases an all-new console." Unlike Grubb, both Toto and Bailey believe that the new Switch console is still several years away. Bailey projected that "given the Q4 2021 release date for the OLED Switch, it’s unlikely that any next-generation console or significant upgrade to the Switch would come before 2023."