A Wall Street Journal report claims that Nintendo will release an update Switch video game console next year in order to maintain its sales momentum.
“Nintendo is still debating what new hardware and software features to include in the upgrade and weighing the cost of the features,” the report notes. “One option is improving the display, they said. The current Switch uses a lower-end liquid-crystal display without some technologies that are standard in more recent smartphone LCDs.”
I’ve described the Switch as a game-changer, and it has certainly catapulted Nintendo back into the conversation after several years of uninteresting hardware and lackluster sales. As of the end of July, the firm reported 20 million console sales and 87 million games sold.
Looking forward, Nintendo says it expects to sell another 20 million units through March 2019. Only the PlayStation 4 sees comparable sales, though that console is starting to slow down, given its earlier release date.
My expectation is that the updated Switch will function like the Xbox One S or Sony’s PlayStation 4 Slim: A fully-compatible and cost-reduced version of the original with some unique new features to tempt upgraders. Whatever form it takes, the updated Switch should arrive in the second half of 2019, about a year from now.