Nintendo Denies Improved Profit Margins From OLED Switch, Says No New Hardware “At This Time”
That’s pure business, but it’s not a good look for a company that has always tried to come off as consumer-friendly.
To clear the air and perhaps make the best of a “bad situation,” Nintendo has decided to make the following statement: “a news report on July 15, 2021, claimed that the profit margin of the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) would increase compared to the Nintendo Switch. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to make clear that the claim is incorrect,” Nintendo wrote on Twitter.
Nintendo didn’t, however, provide us with any numbers that would truly erase all doubt. The news of the novel Switch being produced for just $10 more took us by surprise, but it is by no means an outlandish proposition. Moreover, it’s not like anyone’s expecting Nintendo to come out and admit that it’s going to increase its profits even further despite selling pretty much the same console in a slightly more appealing enclosure.
Then again, Nintendo is well within its rights to do so — there’s an incredible demand for the Nintendo Switch, so they might as well strike while the iron’s hot.
No Switch Pro Any Time Soon
Additionally, Nintendo briefly touched on the possibility of additional hardware being released soon.
“We also want to clarify that we just announced that the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) will launch in October 2021 and have no plans for launching any other model at this time.”
By the looks of it, we’ll have to wait for the 2022 holiday season to get a glimpse at any Switch Pro truly. Disappointing, no doubt, but also a sound business decision from Nintendo — why release an upgraded model when only the most passionate tech heads are clamoring for it?
In the meantime, if you’re yearning for a bit of gaming action on the go — and the regular Switch isn’t of any particular interest — we suggest you take a look at the recently-announced Steam Deck from Valve. It’s (relatively) cheap and will be many times more powerful than anything Nintendo might be working on at the moment.
It’s not as portable as the Switch, but what it lacks in visual refinement it more than makes up for in sheer hardware and value!