Yesterday there was a report from the Wall Street Journal stating that two new Nintendo Switch models are coming in 2019. One is expected to be a pricier model with improved hardware, while the other is a simpler, cheaper model that removes some features to cut costs. Today Eurogamer is stepping forward to corroborate that info based on their sources, and they’ve also added some more to the story.
According to Eurogamer’s sources, Nintendo is essentially targeting something similar to the divide between 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. As such, the cheaper model is designed to be a sturdy, “kid proof” alternative to the standard Switch. Eurogamer believes it will be exclusively a handheld device, cutting costs further by taking out its TV connectivity. The more expensive model will continue to function both as a handheld and home console and will likely see a modest power boost, but it won’t be on the level of the competition.
As with any report that hasn’t been confirmed, this should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism. That said, Eurogamer was one of the first to get the scoop on the original Switch hardware, so they definitely have sources with inside knowledge of Nintendo’s hardware manufacturing plans. Nintendo has yet to issue any comment and likely won’t until they’re ready to reveal the new hardware themselves.