Nintendo reportedly plans to unveil an updated Switch replacement before E3 2021. The console will be ready for delivery in September or October, despite the ongoing semiconductor shortages that have affected the PS5, Nintendo Switch, and other gaming consoles.
This news appeared in a recent Bloomberg report, citing “people familiar with the matter.” According to the report, the new unnamed upgraded Switch “could be” unveiled before E3 so that other publishers could showcase games during the show. Production of the new Switch will begin as early as July to launch this fall. The manufacturing company in charge of assembling the new revamped model seems confident that it will be able to fulfill Nintendo’s orders even in the face of chip shortages.
As previously reported, the new, updated Switch model is rumored to feature 4K capabilities, a 7-inch OLED screen and extended battery life. Nintendo is releasing the updated Switch to compete with the recently released PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. With all these updated features, though, it’s no surprise that the console will cost more than the base Switch model.
While the system’s price is unknown, it is expected to be more expensive than the current $300 Nintendo Switch, and will apparently replace the standard model. Bloomberg noted that Nintendo will phase out the standard Switch model, instead selling an updated model as well as the $200 Switch Lite handheld console.
With E3 just around the corner, we’ll probably learn more about the updated Switch system soon.