Nintendo Switch Pro Rumors Galore — Same Footprint, Bigger Dock, Ethernet Port
New Nintendo Switch Pro rumors seem to be popping up by the minute, which means one thing only: the official reveal is right around the corner! We know that Nintendo plans on revealing the successor to their wildly popular hybrid console before E3, so we’re bound to get a full-fledged announcement sooner rather than later!
Naturally, given the time frame we’re talking about, small (but interesting) details have started to surface. They all warrant our attention and analysis. Some are more interesting than others, but they all paint a bigger picture — that of the hybrid gaming future in which Nintendo has invested its attention (and resources) into.
New… Nintendo Switch Pro?
It’s no secret that Nintendo isn’t the best when it comes to naming their products. And, unfortunately, it seems as though they’ve opted for the absolute worst possible option this time around: New Nintendo Switch Pro. It doesn’t roll off the tongue, in all fairness. What’s wrong with Super Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Pro? They’re not the most original of names, but they’re simple and easy to remember. What more could you ask for?
The console was briefly listed on Amazon Mexico under this title, indicating that an official announcement is guaranteed to happen soon. As for the name, well, we’ll let you be the judge on that one.
Out With the Old, In With the New
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that the New Nintendo Switch Pro will replace the existing model altogether. You’ll be able to either purchase the upgraded one or go for a Nintendo Switch Lite, with no options in between. We’re no businessmen, but it feels like selling the original Switch for, say, $249 (give or take) makes a lot of sense — some folks don’t need a bigger display and improved internals. That way, Nintendo would have three entirely different products for three entirely different segments of the market: budget, mid-range, and high-end.
Let’s Talk Hardware
If the rumor mill is to be believed, the successor to the Nintendo Switch will have nearly the same dimensions, which means the increased screen size will be the result of narrower bezels. Furthermore, the microSD card slot will no longer be located underneath the kickstand — a great little quality-of-life improvement! Speaking of the kickstand, it’ll supposedly be redesigned and made a lot sturdier, although what it’ll look like remains unclear. Some sources claim that it’ll function much like the flip-out kickstand on the Surface lineup from Microsoft.
Finally, the new Nintendo Switch Pro dock will be slightly larger to accommodate two USB 3.0 ports along with a full-fledged ethernet port, the latter of which will result in a more stable internet connection for those who game online. Existing Joy-Con controllers will still be compatible.
The console will supposedly be launched in November (at the latest) in a very limited capacity because of the ongoing semiconductor shortages. Nintendo doesn’t have it as bad as, say, Sony and Microsoft, but they’re still in quite a pickle, primarily because the Switch is flying off the shelves far quicker than expected.
There’s still a whole lot that we don’t know, but these interesting little tidbits are enough to keep us entertained until the new Nintendo Switch Pro is made official! In any case, if this string of leaks and rumors continues, we’ll have a lot more to talk about in just a couple of days, so stay tuned!