Meeting of the minds
The last few months have been filled with rumors and speculation about what Nintendo will follow up the Switch with. It’s a fact that Nintendo is working on new hardware to succeed the Switch, but we don’t have 100% concrete details on the platform’s capabilities. That said, we now know for sure that a lucky few at Activision are in the know.
Thanks to legal documents filed as part of the Federal Trade Commission v. Microsoft battle, we have learned that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick met with Nintendo president and CEO Shuntaro Furukawa on Dec. 15th, 2022. The two big names met with the sole purpose of discussing Nintendo’s hardware follow-up to Switch.
While much of the email chain is redacted, there is one small snippet that was left uncensored, and it gives us some details on the horsepower of the platform.
Given the closer alignment to Gen8 platforms in terms of performance and our previous offerings on PS4 / Xbox One, it is reasonable to assume we could make something compelling for the NG Switch as well. It would be helpful to secure early access to development hardware prototypes and prove that out nice and early.
Rumors recently pointed to the Switch’s successor being closer in power to PS5/XSX, but the email snippet above certainly puts that in doubt. If anything, it’s probably most likely that the Switch follow-up will be able to do a bit more than PS4/XB1, but not quite as much as PS5/XSX. It’s also possible that Nintendo was able to beef things up considerable since 2022. Only time will tell, and every day we inch closer to learning all about what Nintendo’s working on behind the scenes.