According to reports from anonymous sources, the much-anticipated next-generation console is set to make its debut in the second half of 2024, with development kits already being dispatched to “key partner studios” to prepare for its arrival.
The forthcoming Nintendo Switch successor is rumored to feature an LCD screen instead of the more expensive OLEDs found in its predecessor. This decision is believed to be a cost-cutting measure, enabling a more significant allocation of resources to storage capacity. As game graphics and fidelity continue to advance, larger storage capacities are becoming essential. Games for the current-gen PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S/X AAA titles can surpass 100GB in size, and the standard Nintendo Switch comes with only 32GB of built-in storage. With major first-party titles like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom already consuming a significant portion of the available storage, the need for increased space is evident.
While physical media’s relevance in the gaming industry has waned with the rise of digital downloads, it appears Nintendo is not ready to abandon cartridges altogether. The new Nintendo Switch successor is expected to retain a cartridge slot, enabling users to continue enjoying physical game collections.
Despite the recent decline in overall sales for the Nintendo Switch, which has sold over 125 million units globally, the reported 2024 launch of its successor aligns with the console’s life cycle and makes business sense for Nintendo. Backward compatibility is expected to be a significant selling point for the successor, allowing customers to enjoy their existing game libraries on the new console.
Another interesting aspect to consider is the European Union’s new regulation on battery sustainability, which could potentially impact handheld gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch. As per the new regulation, manufacturers would be required to incorporate replaceable batteries in their products by 2027. While it remains uncertain whether the new Nintendo Switch successor will comply with this ruling, the four-year period before implementation provides sufficient time for adaptations and redesigns.
Note: Nintendo has yet to officially comment on the reported successor console or its features.