Nintendo Switch PRO: rumor, release and price, Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 at launch?

Nintendo Switch PRO: rumor, release and price, Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 at launch?

Nintendo Switch PRO

Bloomberg has published a new article (currently accessible only to subscribers) with a series of rumors and speculations on Nintendo Switch PRO, the new version of the hybrid console of the Kyoto house, much noise in recent months but never officially announced until today. br>
Bloomberg continues to talk about a launch scheduled for autumn 2021, just in time for the Christmas season, along with the console will also make their debut commercially important and highly appealing titles such as Mario Kart 9 and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, as well as other projects intended to accompany the launch of Switch PRO.

There seem to be high expectations for this hardware overhaul which ideally could be as powerful as PS4 PRO and Xbox One X, it seems the presence of a 7-inch Samsung OLED screen on the new Switch is also certain. ions speak of two million pieces in the launch window and twelve million in the first quarter of marketing (September / December). According to analysts, the price of Switch PRO will be 20% higher than that of the standard model, currently sold in the US for $ 299.

Obviously, nothing reported has been confirmed, so we invite you to take the all with due precautions pending official announcements from the Kyoto house.

Two Things The Nintendo Switch Pro Needs To Fix — A Bigger Screen Isn’t One Of Them

The Nintendo Switch Pro needs to fix the system's biggest flaws.

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There have been a variety of reports and rumors lately that a bigger, better Nintendo Switch will be released perhaps as early as holiday 2021.

The latest of these comes courtesy of Bloomberg. The report suggests that Nintendo will unveil a new premium Nintendo Switch later this year that will boast a 7-inch OLED screen with 720p resolution and up to 4K resolution when “docked.”

The screen will be produced by Samsung with production on panels beginning as early as June, with panels shipping to assemblers around July. This would fit with a holiday release—though Nintendo is remaining tight-lipped.

A bigger OLED screen would certainly be a nice touch. The current Nintendo Switch has a 6.2 inch screen and the Lite version is even smaller at 5.5 inches. Of course, the current Switch already boasts 720p when handheld, so upgrading to a nicer 7-inch OLED screen won’t mean a higher resolution (indeed, it’s somewhat lower given the larger format, though much can be accounted for with the screen quality itself).

Still, a better screen is at best third on my list of priorities for a Nintendo Switch Pro / 2 or whatever it’s called. The other two are:

1. Better performance.

The Nintendo Switch has struggled since day one with lackluster performance. As much as I adored The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, it suffered from poor framerates and never quite felt like a big enough graphical leap from the Wii U.

Whenever I try to play Fortnite on a Switch, I’m startled by the framerate drops and general lack of quality compared to other platforms, including some mobile phones. The Nintendo Switch is a novel concept and a great system overall, but it’s also just not quite up to par hardware-wise.

Does it need to be as powerful as a PS5 or Xbox Series X? Not at all. But a little closer to PS4 / Xbox One wouldn’t hurt. It falls behind both spec-wise, and I’m not even referring to the Pro/X models. A Nintendo Switch Pro that improved performance on the games we already have, and gave developers a little more room to work, would be incredibly welcome.

2. Fix the Joy-Con drift!

I would sacrifice all these other concerns—screen size, horsepower, etc.—if Nintendo could just fix the Joy-Con drift problem forever. If framerate drops and some stuttering make Fortnite less playable, the tendency for controllers to start “drifting” makes it downright impossible at times.

When you’re trying to aim at an enemy player and your controller keeps drifting your gun to the right or left against your will, it’s not exactly a recipe for success. It’s a recipe for rage-quitting, though.

Joy-Con drift has been the Switch’s biggest problem since its release and if there’s one thing a new model should prioritize over everything else, it’s making this go away for good.

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