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New Nintendo console coming in 2024 – could be Switch 2

Reliable analyst Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis has given Nintendo’s new console a 2024 release date.

Labeled Video Games Chronicle, Harding-Rolls believes Nintendo will have a new next-gen console ready in a few years, but it’s not clear yet whether it’ll be the Nintendo Switch 2 or an entirely new line of consoles.

“Ampere is currently predicting a next generation Nintendo device in 2024,” he said. “The Switch is projected to sell 146 million units by the end of this year, which means it still has the potential to be the best-selling console by the end of its life, selling over 158 million units and overtaking the PlayStation 2.”

In 2021, Nintendo stated that the Nintendo Switch, and by extension the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED, had four or five years left to live. And reaching the mark of 100 million units sold will be an indicator of this. So 2024 will likely be the earliest that Nintendo will release a new console.

In a note to VGC, Harding-Rolls also mentions that he thinks Switch sales will now inevitably decline until the platform owner unveils its next-gen console.

“Switch sales, apart from the unexpectedly strong growth in 2020 due to the pandemic and the release of Animal Crossing, follow the traditional shape of the console lifecycle,” he said.

“Even with the release of the OLED model, sales were expected to decline from their peak as the Switch reaches its sixth cycle year in 2022, and Nintendo’s latest shipment forecast reflects this.”

We have no doubt that Nintendo is working on new hardware for the console, especially since current Switch models only support 1080p output and 4K TVs are now much more affordable and increasingly more adaptable; Check out our best 4K TVs if you haven’t already. But the Switch’s continued popularity, upcoming game releases, and Nintendo’s generally calm pace when it comes to releasing new hardware won’t expect any official announcements about the new console this year.

How likely is a Nintendo Switch 2?

Nintendo Switch 2 Concept Design

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Rumors about the Nintendo Switch 2 have been slow so far. Earlier this year, Nintendo hinted that a “next-gen device” was on the way, which could be backward compatible with the existing Switch library. But this was not followed by any reliable information.

While we got a Nintendo Switch OLED last year, it’s not enough to make changes to what we already had in the base Switch; this is a Switch model that you can get if you haven’t already, but it might not be worth upgrading the stock Switch.

We can hope that after the OLED display, we will see a 4K display on the Switch 2. We may also see an increase in resolution. According to Bloomberg, the new switch will use an advanced upscaling technique to achieve 4K resolution. It’s called Nvidia Deep Learning Super Sampling or DLSS. It uses AI technology to efficiently convert graphics into high-resolution images without the performance requirements of rendering them in, say, native 4K resolution. Alternatively, the next generation switch may have the power for a full 4K output.

The Switch OLED came with an Ethernet port, but we hope the Switch 2 will have more ports. We’re also looking forward to more storage and seamless Bluetooth connectivity for connecting wireless headphones to the next generation Switch out of the box rather than waiting. to have connectivity enabled years later, as was the case with the current switch.

In addition, Nintendo recently patented a unique health tracker that can track your sleep, monitor your mood with microphones and sensors, and even change the smell of a room. It’s unclear if this will be used as an accessory for current or future Switch consoles or another device together; such a device could be a good accompaniment to health-related games like Ring Fit Adventure.

Having said all that, there’s a chance that Nintendo might just make an entirely new console, perhaps taking inspiration from the Switch but not sharing its naming convention. After all, the GameCube was different from the N64, and the Wii U was just a pseudo-successor to the Wii.

But then again, Nintendo has released multiple generations, as well as updated and alternate versions of the Game Boy and 3DS. As such, we see no reason why they couldn’t do the same for the Switch, given that it’s now the only portable console they’re actively selling.

In short, we won’t discount the potential of the Nintendo Switch 2, but we’ll wait a couple more years for it to arrive.

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