Nintendo Switch OLED Model (Nintendo)
The rumor of an improved Pro model of the Nintendo Switch back in 2019, one that will be comparable to the PlayStation and the Xbox, but Nintendo has refuted the claims more than once, stating that they have no intention of updating the console's hardware, and that the Switch is here to stay in its current form.
Now, several developers from Nintendo who chose to remain anonymous and contacted the YouTube site Digital Foundry claim that the company did have plans to release an upgraded model of the Switch, but in the end the idea was shelved and it was decided to release the OLED model instead.
The model may have an improved screen and improved battery life, but the underlying hardware is the same as the original model.
John Lineman, a writer at Digital Foundry and the Eurogamer website, noted in the podcast: "From what I understand from a number of developers I've spoken to, there was an internal plan within Nintendo to release a 'mid-generation update' for the Switch, but that's no longer the case, and it's pretty clear That the next direction will be next-generation hardware. I think it will be during 2023."
The portable Switch console has been considered a massive success for Nintendo, and as of September 2022, it has sold nearly 115 million units worldwide.
The exclusive games it released such as Splatoon 3, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Zelda, Mario and its other brands broke records for the company.
According to Digital Foundry, Nintendo was afraid to jump to the next version before realizing the full potential of the console, mainly because raising the price for upgraded hardware could alienate consumers and hurt sales.
Nintendo remembers how the GameCube console did not reach the sales figures it would have.
The Wii console after it was indeed considered a success, but the next console, the Wii U, was considered a disappointment in terms of marketing and sales.
Nintendo was not interested in stopping the positive momentum, especially because in view of its significant success they did not win for a long time.
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