A new edition of the Nintendo Switch has been rumoured and talked about for quite a while now, and it is reportedly set to launch in Q3 this year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report also says the new Switch will begin assembly as soon as July, and could possibly be officially announced prior to this year’s E3 event in July.
The official name for the Switch Pro has not been leaked yet and is reportedly only known by a select few at Nintendo. The reveal happening ahead of E3 lines up with the Switch Pro rumours so far, as it will give developers a chance to reveal new Switch Pro exclusive titles. The $199 Switch Lite will continue to be sold, while the original Switch will be phased out over time in favour of the new upgraded Switch.
According to a previous report, also from an unnamed source at Bloomberg, the Switch Pro will include a 7-inch Samsung OLED display, along with new graphics processing from Nvidia. This new technology for the Switch will allow it to output in 4K while docked. The performance of the new Switch will also allegedly be comparable to the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
To make up for more expensive parts and the rising cost of labour in China, the price of the new Nintendo Switch will increase from the $299 that the console has been since its launch in March 2017. The official price for the Switch Pro is not yet announced, but the MSRP is expected to increase by at least 20%.