Nintendo Switch 2: Rumors and everything we know about the next console
Since the first Switch launched in 2017, there have been rumors of a more powerful New Switch, Super Switch or Switch 2 coming out. The idea is that this upgraded console could handle a 4K display, offer more processing power, have a larger storage capacity and include other improvements.
To be honest, something like this is highly unlikely to be released this late in the Switch’s life cycle. It’s much more likely that Nintendo will release a next-gen console in the next three years to replace the Switch that could have some of these features. But that doesn’t stop fans from holding out hope for a Switch 2, nor does it stop rumors about it from circulating.
If you want the latest Switch technology, you should really go with the Switch OLED, which was called the Switch Pro before it was officially announced. The improved display makes visuals appear and appear much sharper while still offering the same resolution as previous Switch consoles. However, if you’re interested in the Switch 2 rumors, we’ve rounded them all up here for you to enjoy.
Nintendo Switch 2 Specs
As for the specs of this rumored console, the sky seems to be the limit as Nintendo has never confirmed its existence. But the most recurring ideas out there are that the Switch 2 offers a screen that can handle 4K, Joy-Cons with grips, longer battery life, improved storage, more processing power for load times faster and improved UI experience.
Now, it’s hard to determine what Nintendo is up to, as the company never seems to do what you’d expect. In fact, he often does the opposite or goes completely out of left field with his ideas.
Nintendo occupies a very interesting place in the gaming industry. Instead of competing with the latest technology like Sony and Microsoft, it tends to focus on a unique family-oriented gaming experience that doesn’t cost that much. That’s partly why it’s sold far more than any other console in the past two years and is one of the top five best-selling consoles of all time.
It’s also Nintendo’s style to work with older (much less expensive) technology to create unique gaming experiences. This has been happening for years like back in the day when Nintendo decided the N64 would use cartridges while Sony decided to use CDs. This was one of the reasons why the N64 was a commercial failure even though it left a strong and impactful legacy. More recently, we saw another example of older technology being used with the original Switch which launched with only a maximum resolution of 1080p in TV mode even though 4K was common. Not to mention that it used the Nvidia X1 Tegra chip, which was already outdated at the time.
So unless Nintendo suddenly decides to change its usual course and go with the latest technology, we can assume that any potential Switch 2 will be behind the curve technically. But as we’ve seen with the hybrid console, that doesn’t mean it can’t be innovative in other ways.
In any case, it looks like Nvidia no longer produces the Tegra chip used in the Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED (thanks PCMag). However, NintendoLife reported that Nintendo had doubled its 2019 spending on raw materials. Perhaps this means he has stockpiled several of these latest Tegra chips for his own use. Because if not, this could force the Japanese gaming company to upgrade, even if only slightly.
When is the Nintendo Switch 2 coming out?
Nintendo has never said anything about a Switch that will have more processing power, offer 4K, and have all the other improvements that the rumors have been talking about. For now, the New Switch 2 is just a rumor and fan wish. We will update if this changes.
That said, if Nintendo does end up releasing another iteration of the Switch, it won’t be until next year. As Takashi Mochizuk tweeted, Nintendo said in a Nikkei report that “there will be no new Nintendo hardware this fiscal year, which ends in March 2023” (thanks GamesRadar).
Nikkei: There will be no new Nintendo hardware this fiscal year, which ends in March 2023. It’s not immediately clear if this part of the article is from Nikkei’s own report or what Nintendo’s president said, which Nikkei interview for the story. https://t.co/HJVqk9KbefAugust 4, 2022
Even then, the “new Switch hardware” could refer to another Switch OLED iteration like the Splatoon 3 OLED rather than an updated Switch. Given that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is slated for release in “Spring 2023,” it’s also possible that the new hardware is just another OLED iteration, but with a Zelda theme to mark the launch of the sequel.
What will make the Nintendo Switch 2 worth it?
Despite being Switch 2 cynics, we’d still like to own one if it offered these features:
Improved Joy-Con grips: It’s no secret that Switch controllers are incredibly uncomfortable in the hands of adults, as they’re small and don’t offer ergonomic grips. The following console would do well to fix this. It would probably help save people from having to buy some of the best third-party Switch controllers.
No more drifting: Nintendo has been taken to court several times over Joy-Con drift, an issue where the controllers detect input without anything touching them. This can cause your characters to move on their own or drift off to the side, which can be very frustrating.
Flexible screen: Many people have noted that the Switch screen is easy to damage since there is nothing to protect it. One solution is for the console to have a shell design similar to the 3DS. A flexible screen could make this happen, but based on Nintendo’s past decisions, it’s likely too recent a technology to use right now. Maybe sometime down the road.
4K resolution for TV mode at least: It would be nice if both the Switch’s portable mode and TV mode could handle higher graphics, but it makes more of a difference on larger screens. We’d like to see more detail in our favorite games, like in the massive world of the upcoming Breath of the Wild 2. If the handheld mode could at least be upgraded to 1080p, it would be a huge improvement over what we have now.
Increased storage: The original Switch and Switch Lite only offer 32GB of internal storage (roughly enough for three large games), while the Switch OLED isn’t much better at 64GB (roughly enough for six large games). Instead of requiring everyone to grab a microSD card to increase storage capacity, it would be better if a new Switch offered more space to begin with. At least up to the average 128GB that most phones offer these days.
Should I wait for Nintendo Switch 2?
No way. There is absolutely no guarantee that Nintendo will release a Switch 2 before the next generation Nintendo console is released. If you want the latest and greatest Nintendo has to offer, you’ll want to grab the Switch OLED, which offers a larger OLED screen that really makes colors pop and details look sharper compared to previous iterations of the Switch.
Most consoles have an average lifespan of three to five years, although some of the more popular ones can last for seven years. The Switch launched in March 2017, which means we’re already more than five years into its life cycle. As such, Nintendo must be preparing for the next-gen console and will probably release it in the next two to three years. So if you really want to wait for the next big thing, you’ll have to keep waiting.
Nintendo Switch 2 concepts made by fans
Of course, everyone has different ideas about what the next iteration of the Switch should look like, and there are people who have come up with phenomenal concept ideas for it. Here are some of the most impressive.
Olivier Raymond’s concept art is a bit old as it was done before the Switch Lite and Switch OLED came out. It’s still gorgeous, though, and offers a look at what a refined next-level Switch could look like. My favorite feature is the flat dock that allows the Switch to lie horizontally in TV mode.
CURVED labs gives us a taste of the Switch 2 that features a touchpad instead of a D-Pad, Joy-Cons that slide down to make them longer, and a USB-C port sticking out of the back of the unit rather than below. Perhaps my favorite is the integrated display cover that wraps around the screen.
The Red Phoenix concept focuses on several improvements we’d like to see on a Switch device. These ideas include having a smaller dock, being able to play in tabletop mode while in the dock, front-facing speakers, and more.
One of the complaints people have about the Switch is that the screen remains unprotected when not in use. The solution that Katarzyna Penar shows us would be to have a dual screen with a casing similar to the 3DS.
While I’m not a big fan of the chunky design of this concept, I find DZ Migo’s idea of a pop-up screen to be very interesting. We’ve already seen some ideas of a flexible Switch screen that turns into a shell cover like the one on the 3DS, but this is another take on it.
As I said before, it’s not likely that Nintendo will release a more powerful Switch with 4K and higher processing power this late in the system’s life cycle. If anything, it’s much more likely that these kinds of improvements will be seen on the next-gen Nintendo console. This is Yes Nintendo decides to go for another hybrid console design.
The best gaming experience Nintendo currently offers comes with the Switch OLED. It has an amazing OLED screen that is larger than previous Switch screens and improves visuals in an impressive way.
Nintendo Switch OLED – White model
Great screen for portable mode
The Nintendo Switch OLED offers a larger 7.1-inch OLED screen that displays clearer and more vibrant images than any previous Switch. It also has 64GB of internal storage, which is double the size of the original console. It’s a great visual upgrade for anyone who likes to play in handheld mode.