Following the report last month by The Wall Street Journal about Nintendo releasing two new Switch models including one upgraded model and one lower cost model aimed for a casual audience, Nikkei had additional information to share in a new report. [Thanks, Hachima.]
According to the report by Nikkei, a budget, lower-priced version of the Nintendo Switch is expected to be released by Nintendo this fall.
While this new model is being made with portability as its main function, it can still be connected for TV Mode as a home console. A source familiar with the matter added that Nintendo will be revising its strategies they’ve used to sell two types of hardware with portable and home consoles for the past 30 years, and they’re currently considering unifying their software development branch as well.
In addition to the new lower-priced Switch model, an upgraded version with “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers” is also in the works, although it is reportedly not as powerful as the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X according to parts suppliers and software developers with access to prototypes.
According to further details from the Nikkei source, development on the “next-generation” device that will begin after the lower-priced Switch model. Nintendo is currently working on different things, including improvement on controls, image rendering, changing the operating system for basic software, and more. In its current state, it is said that it remains unclear as to who will take leadership on the conceptual development side of things.