To me I think it's pretty clear Nintendo is going for a family of systems that run the same games, but we will see.
we got the new 3ds about 3 years after OG, so who knows.
They usually do revisions of their handhelds every 2 years, so it would be 2019.
My reaction would probably be "I'm glad I waited to buy this version rather than the first version".
I'm definitely going to end up owning one, but I think I'll probably wait for a while.
I'm also holding out for the probably handheld only and home console only revisions.
Edit: VR and 4k wouldn't be selling points for me I don't think, though.
But yeah, an iteration is bound to happen soon.
That said, if it was purely driven by 4K or VR integration, hurm, I'm not sure they would go forward in that manner. I expect the next iteration to have better battery life, a faster cpu to run the OS a bit nicer, screen size changes, most customisation ala faceplates, that kind of thing. That's really a different debate though. As a general rule of thumb, yes, I would buy it.
Nintendo won't release a $400-$600 beast this March that has to last 4-6 years, they'll release a $200-250 device that, if successful, will get regular hardware updates and maybe multiple form-factors.
I’m getting a Switch Day 1. I think the iterative hardware strategy (like Sony with the Pro) makes a lot of sense.
As for the features listed in the OP, it does not seem abnormal apart from whether the 4K feature set is just upscaling or a semi-scaling solution like the checkerboard scaling on PS4 Pro.
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An improved hybrid in 2020 would not surprise me, assuming the first one is popular, but if not they can repurpose the same tech for traditional home consoles/portables
I'm expecting about a yearly cadence for new Switch hardware, something along the lines of the following:
- 2017 - Switch - 6" 720p screen hybrid, N1 SoC
- 2018 - Switch Pocket - ~5" 720p screen, N1 SoC, no detachable controllers, no dock, portable only
- 2019 - Switch Home - New, more powerful N2 SoC, pure home console, 4K for some games
- 2020 - Switch Plus - 6" 1080p screen hybrid, N2 SoC, ~1440p graphics on TV
- 2021 - Switch Pocket Plus - etc., etc.
We'd probably be talking about double the power of the Switch. I think that's achievable by 2020.
I don't know if I can see Nintendo releasing a handheld that is PS4-PS4 Pro power in 3 years at an affordable price and good battery. Hell by the time they do, we'll likely get the next consoles by Sony.
What I think they can do is release both a Switch TV and a slimmer handheld down the road, or at least the former. I'd think a console-only one for far cheaper can be appealing, though Vita TV doesn't make that a certainty in terms of success. :P
Making a New Nintendo Switch with a higher-res screen seems very pointless. I don't see a whole lot of improvements that would be legit taken advantage of by the majority of games. Wouldn't help Nintendo either if they have to use more resources to make "New" versions in addition to regular versions of games. Sony and MS I think mandate that as there can be no Pro or Scorpio-exclusives.
So revisions where it's just slimmer/cheaper, absolutely. But changes to the core system with spec-improvements that likely won't really be utilized effectively and seem kind of wasteful? I don't think so.
Now the revison that i can see is:
- A handheld only device with no detachable controllers, much smaller and unable to be docked.
- A home console only device with more power and 4k capable.
edit: will still buy, but I always want my consoles to be more than just "same thing with upgraded processing/memory/rez"
I'd buy it!
The Switch isn't even out yet, isn't this a bit soon?
That said, I completely skipped the New 3DS and I recently bought a PS4 slim instead of a Pro. So long as I could keep playing new games, I'm doubt I'd upgrade immediately.
- Different form factor configurations (set-top only, smaller portable) at different price points
- Better battery life
- Higher resolution portable screen
- More stable framerate
- 4K output and HDR on TV
Eurogamer has reported on it and that's probably the best you'll get. Nintendo will probably never confirm actual specs beyond the physical components like the 720p LCD.
Maybe the Specs? Resolution? Stuff like that. Why should we talk about a more powerful Nintendo Switch, although we don't even know how powerful the original Switch will be?
There'll be new form factors before any iterative upgrades too I think, followed by iPhone-like refreshes of existing form factors. e.g. if a console-only NX device gets released I'd expect a refresh of the hybrid switch to match that new device's power more closely.
Then I'm all for it, really.
Switch, Switch Pro, Switch Mini, Switch GO, Switch HOME and so forth.