Rumors have been circling for months that Nintendo has been working on two new variants of the Switch console. And now, a new report has been released from the WSJ which outright confirms that the console is getting more versions in 2019.
One model will be a cheaper variant, that’s also physically smaller, and will be offered at a lower price point. This cheaper model is reported to not include the HD Rumble vibration function. The Wall Street Journal article also included comments from a source who saw these new Switch models. The commenter stated that “the cheaper model’s shape is very surprising, and you’d be wrong to think it looks like a portable console like the PlayStation Vita”. Apparently it will also lack the detachable JoyCon controllers, so it’s a going to hopefully be a more affordable portable console.
There’s also a reportedly a more expensive variant which includes slightly improved specs to allow for more performance to be squeezed from the hardware. There’s no firm details about the actual changes, but there is obvious room for improvement given that the original version of the console uses the somewhat outdated Tegra X1 processor from Nvidia. And given that this is the same processor that was the subject of major exploits in 2018 which allowed homebrew code to be run.
In regards to when these new models will launch, we don’t quite know yet, but there is some pretty strong suspicion that Nintendo will announce the new variants at E3 2019 in June.