Gaming analysts predict that the Nintendo Switch 2 will likely be an iteration of the original Switch and not a full revolution or an entirely revamped system. While Nintendo has yet to officially announce the successor to the Switch, reports from last year claimed that dev kits were already being sent out and Nintendo apparently had plans to announce and release the next-generation console in 2024.
Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO of Tokyo-based game industry consultancy Kantan Games, believes that the successor to the Nintendo Switch will be an iteration of the original hybrid console and not a “revolution” or entirely overhauled system. Considering that the Switch has sold well over 130 million units as of writing, it makes sense that the company wouldn’t want to ditch the hybrid design as it caters to both household gaming as well as gaming on the go.
Speaking in a recent analysts predictions feature on GamesIndustry.biz, Toto said:
“The time is finally here for a Switch successor, even though I can say a ‘Pro’ model actually did exist and certain developers were already working with the dev kit. I believe the next hardware will drop [in 2024] for $400. There is a high chance that games will cost more, too: $70.”
Toto believes that the next Switch will launch at $400 and games will begin to cost $70, keeping up with current industry pricing and trends. He added:
“The next system is also likely to be an iteration rather than a revolution. Nintendo might add some bells and whistles to the device, but it will be similar to the current Switch. And because there is Pokémon, and Pokémon is associated with handheld gaming, there is no way on earth Nintendo will drop the portability feature for their next big thing.”
Nintendo has yet to officially announce the new console but it’s a safe bet to assume that it will be announced and released this year. However, if Toto is correct, then we probably shouldn’t expect a drastically different console to the original Switch. This would work in Nintendo’s favour as it might allow backward compatibility with original Switch games while updating the hardware to keep up with modern games.