September 30, 2023

Nintendo could also be making ready to launch a successor to the Nintendo Change within the second half of 2024. In response to a brand new report from VGC, Nintendo has already equipped improvement kits for its upcoming console to key accomplice studios, although particulars in regards to the console’s {hardware} are nonetheless scarce.

The Nintendo Change was launched in March 2017, and regardless of the discharge of Lite and OLED fashions lately, the console’s internals have remained the identical. The Change makes use of the identical ARM-based Nvidia Tegra X1 as the unique Nvidia Defend digital media participant, and the console solely presents as much as 64GB of inner storage, which is expandable with microSD playing cards.

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Regardless that the Nintendo Change has now offered over 100 million models and continues to promote very nicely, the {hardware} is de facto beginning to present its age. Microsoft pledged to carry Name of Obligation again on Nintendo consoles after closing its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, however this may possible not be attainable till Nintendo releases a extra highly effective console with extra storage.

“Though particular particulars on the console are being stored intently guarded, these VGC spoke to indicated that the next-gen console would have the ability to be utilized in transportable mode, just like the Nintendo Change. Two sources VGC spoke to instructed that the console may launch with an LCD display screen, as an alternative of the extra premium OLED, with the intention to carry down prices, particularly contemplating the elevated storage wanted for greater constancy video games,” the report reads.

It’s additionally at present unclear if Nintendo’s next-gen console will likely be backwards-compatible with current-gen Change video games. Nonetheless, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X|S each permitting players to maintain taking part in previous-gen video games, it will be arduous to think about Nintendo not doing the identical on its next-gen console.

The Nintendo Change just lately impressed the event of handheld gaming PCs reminiscent of Valve’s Steam Deck and the Asus ROG Ally. Nonetheless, it’s not precisely simple to duplicate a Change-like gadget expertise utilizing extra power-hungry PC parts, so will probably be fascinating to see what Nintendo’s next-gen {hardware} brings to the desk. One of many Change’s killer options can also be the removable JoyCon controllers, and it’s most likely in Nintendo’s greatest curiosity to maintain capitalizing on this expertise on its future console.