September 30, 2023

Now that Valve’s Steam Deck and new Home windows 11-based gaming handhelds are making PC video games playable on a Nintendo Swap-like kind issue, we might nicely see the successor to Nintendo’s transportable console being launched someday in 2024. Based on a brand new report from Eurogamer, the Japanese firm just lately confirmed the “Nintendo Swap 2” to third-party builders on the Gamescom convention final month.

“Developer shows for Swap 2 passed off behind closed doorways, Eurogamer understands, with companions proven tech demos of how nicely the system is designed to run. One Swap 2 demo is a souped-up model of Swap launch title Zelda: Breath of the Wild, designed to hit the Swap 2’s beefier goal specs,” Eurogamer reported, including that this tech demo doesn’t essentially imply {that a} “next-gen” model of the blockbuster Swap sport is within the pipeline.

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The Nintendo Swap, which was launched in March 2017, is clearly beginning to present its age. Regardless of some minor {hardware} revisions through the years, Nintendo doesn’t do mid-gen refreshes like Microsoft and Sony did within the earlier console technology.

Nonetheless, the Swap’s getting older {hardware} doesn’t appear to harm gross sales. It additionally doesn’t forestall Nintendo from delivering bold open-world video games like Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which is a transparent game-of-the-year contender alongside Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3. Unique video games like Tears of the Kingdom proceed to be actual system sellers for Nintendo, and Swap gross sales crossed 129.53 million models worldwide as of June 30, 2023.

There are not any {hardware} particulars concerning the successor to the Nintendo Swap but, however the firm will doubtless proceed to capitalize on this transportable console format. The Nintendo Swap makes use of an ARM-based Nvidia Tegra X1 chip, and it will likely be fascinating to see what sort of silicon Nintendo’s next-gen console shall be utilizing.

If Microsoft introduced its Xbox Sequence X console virtually of full 12 months earlier than its launch on the Sport Awards 2019 ceremony, Nintendo has actually no real interest in doing one thing related. With the Swap nonetheless promoting very well in 2023, the Japanese firm doubtless gained’t do something that might cannibalize Swap gross sales within the close to future.