Report: A Cheaper Switch Will Launch In June

Report: A Cheaper Switch Will Launch In June
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Nintendo loves announcing something and releasing it within the same heartbeat. And a new report from Bloomberg indicates that we might be in for a bumper E3, with the newswire reporting that a cheaper version of the console will drop “by the end of June”.

Buried within a broader article about traders shorting Nintendo stock, Bloomberg has cited two sources saying that cheaper version of the Switch will be released by the end of June. If the timing works out, that means the new device would launch roughly a fortnight after E3 (which officially runs from June 12 to June 14).

Report: Nintendo Is Releasing Two New Switch Models

Expanding on a rumour they first published last year, The Wall Street Journal now reports that Nintendo is planning on releasing two new models of the Switch, and both may be out in 2019.

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Various outlets have already reported that the Switch will get two new models this year, with the base Switch getting a “modest upgrade” according to Bloomberg. The Wall Street Journal, which also reported that two Switch models were on the way, noted that the more premium version would have “enhanced features” for hardcore gamers. A Nikkei report earlier this month suggests that those features would include better image rendering and usability changes, while the cheaper model would work with the existing Switch dock.

With the Switch being officially sanctioned for sale in China, and the prospect of a new Fire Emblem, core Pokemon and Animal Crossing games this year, it’s shaping up for a solid Switch year. Personally, I just hope any new models come with a brighter display.


  • Whilst the switch is somewhat pricey, I’ve never felt there was many clamouring for a cheapened version (as in hardware, not price).

    Still, more excited for a Pro version IMO.

    • Having seen how much damage even the best behaved children can do to Nintendo hardware, and how much better, say, the 2DS was than the 3DS for families, I can definitely see why they’d do it.

      Generally somebody excited for a pro version is not the target for the cheaper version 🙂

      • Yep! I had visitors over not that long ago and their 2.5 year old yanked my Switch off my TV cabinet and fucked the screen. Now it flickers like a fluorescent tube whilst in handheld mode but works fine on the TV. But would love a cheaper more durable unit like you stated with the 2DS system.

        • I can’t see us getting a cheaper AND more durable unit personally, but meh, not like any of us know anything more than the leaks.

    • Let me put it this way. My kids won’t be getting one until it costs less than either a PS4 or Xbone. If they can get the price to $200 or under then they have an actual 3DS replacement on their hands

  • It feels like Nintendo is eager to push out a new hardware version of the Switch to curb the piracy on the current hardware.

    • They can do that at any point by just updating the hardware firmware (which can only be done at factory).

      • Band-aid solution only, firmware updates only stop the current exploit until hackers get a workaround again – the switch exploit is hardware based and cannot ever be patched out fully unless a hardware revision is done.

        • I think you might have misread what I said – the base hardware exploit is based on an exploit in the bootrom, which as mentioned, can only be done at factory.

          This can indeed be patched out rather easily, but only on new (and refurbished by Ninty) units.

  • I’d love to know exactly what the cheaper version will have, including any chipset upgrades (reflecting manufacturing progress, cheaper components etc), or will it just be a smaller screen? Also, does it not ship with the dock even though it remains compatible?

  • I’ll take a “pro” version with a better screen, 12nm SoC for better battery life and cool runnings, and 64gb onboard storage. I’d call that a decent qualuty of life upgrade – at the same price.

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