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Following NVIDIA's latest financial report, analysts believe the company is set for a boost due to a Switch revamp

The rumors of a Switch redesign persist

Is the Switch getting a revamp or not? Nintendo hasn't said, but analysts certainly believe it to be the case. Following NVIDIA's latest fiscal report, analysts jumped in to explain why they think better times are ahead for the company. First up is comment from analyst Harlan Sur.

"Although GPU channel inventories have largely normalized in the April quarter, gaming growth also appears to be held back somewhat by the well-known notebook CPU shortages, impacting the initial ramp of its notebook business. However, we expect seasonal growth in gaming (augmented by ramp of second-generation Nintendo Switch) for the remainder of the year."

That sentiment was echoed by analyst Christopher Rolland...

“Somewhat surprising, implied Gaming guidance beat our expectations, helped in part by a strong return of Nintendo Switch sales as the Japanese company is expected to launch a cost-reduced version of the device."

Finally we hear from NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang, who said that he expects their gaming division to see increased sales in the near future. Mr. Huang did not specify just where in gaming that increase would come from.

Categories: Consoles
Tags: switch

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A switch that is no longer portable would fail miserably. That’s basically the WiiU. The sole reason Switch is successful, is because of the switching mechanic.

New Switch hardware seems to be the biggest open secret in gaming right now. Only question is, will Nintendo be dumb enough to make a Switch that doesn’t Switch (non-removeable joy-con)?

tupin
Sun May 19 19 05:24pm
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They made a 3DS that had no 3D, and there's a huge handheld market in Japan that doesn't switch anyway. Additionally, if they ever make a more powerful Switch, there's a chance that they just make it a console as it's what the West would want. Basically, the Switch as it is doesn't appeal 100% to either market: Japan wants a 3DS replacement, and the US wants something that boosts power up to play current gen games, even if it means sacrificing portability.

A switch that is no longer portable would fail miserably. That’s basically the WiiU. The sole reason Switch is successful, is because of the switching mechanic.

Sun May 19 19 06:08pm
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There is absolutely NO way I will ever buy a non-portable Switch. Actually I might be stopping the console gaming all together if the PS5 and XBOX TWO don't interest me. (I have zero interest in an RTX enabled PS5 and XBOX One if that is the main new selling point)

For me it's the Switch as a handheld console and my PC.
And no, I don't live in Japan or the US for that matter.

Luckily Nintendo isn't stupid. A Switch could only work if it is both a handheld and a TV console. And all Switch revisions will be Switchable as well. A Switch mini might not be able to dock but it will have a TV out over USB-C with a stand, and a Switch Pro will be the same form factor as the current Switch but simply more powerful.

And all Switch revisions will be Switchable as well. A Switch mini might not be able to dock but it will have a TV out over USB-C with a stand

I've been saying this, there's no reason to think a Mini won't switch just because it doesn't fit in the existing docks. A TV out capability isn't that hard to include, and the existing Switch dock serves mostly an aesthetic purpose, aside from its USB ports.

I'd be fine with just sitting a Switch Mini down by the TV in order to play "docked" sometimes. It would just be a little weird to have the screen totally exposed to collect dust while playing that way. Maybe a clamshell design?

The only reason people would need a more powerful Switch is for people to play multiplats on the go. Nintendo has absolutely no reason to make a TV only Switch. If any redesign happens outside of the mini it'll be a more powerful portable but not close to PS5 power.

The only reason people would need a more powerful Switch is for people to play multiplats on the go.

Not really. BOTW has it's FPS hickups in TV mode that could be curd with a bit more power. Maybe they could up it to a 1080 resolution (if that's possible) in TV mode? Also, even if PB did a great job with porting DOOM the exktra juice wouldn't do any harm. It also depends on how much more power the Switch 2/Pro would get. I wouldbe surprised though if they did another NEW 3DS thing with PRO exclusive games.

but not close to PS5 power

If you want to believe them rumours, the Switch Pro wont even be as strong as the original Xbox One... Which would not surprie me.

How many consumers are going to buy a brand new $300 console just to increase frame rates slightly? They already have the console, no, that is not a new market. Nintendo is going to make this console in order to capture a market they think they are struggling with currently, I really can't see any other reason for a pro model other than multiplats, unless of course its a gimmick, in which case Nintendo REALLY doesn't understand their core consumer base, but I highly doubt that is what it is.

The not close to PS5 thing was just to make sure people understood I was being reasonable with my expectations, I didn't magically expect that we will be playing the next Assassins Creed at 1440p 60fps on the go. If it does end up coming out this year, which I am starting to doubt, About 2/3 of Xbox One's power seems reasonable, about a 2x jump over Switch's base power, but that also seems incredibly pointless and would do nothing to keep Switch afloat during the start of the next generation, in terms of direct competition of course. PS4 Pro, after 3 years, had a 2.333x boost, but that was alongside custom up scaling silicon. I'd say if it launches next spring or summer a 3x boost is pretty reasonable, especially given where Nvidia's current Tegra chips are at and Nintendo's underclocking of the X1. So that would be about Xbox One Power docked, half that undocked, which should be enough to give it decent multiplat support for a good 2 years as the generations transition. Then come their next console they can invest more into more custom chipsets and use 7nm manufacturing to hopefully boost performance a lot.

Oh I can see a lot of people getting a Switch Pro IF it's good enough. It just has to be a fair update. And let us get the "tablet" only since it shold be compatible with the dock and joy-cons anyway. Would also be great for those who yet do not have a Switch and are waiting for the Pro model. I know I would get one if it were like that.

(Also, Nintendo COULD go the NEW 3DS route. At least letting devs choose to make exclusive games for it, but I doubt it since there was a lot of rage with that)

Oh well. These are all just rumours and speculations for now, so we'll just have to agree to disagree for now.

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