Nintendo Switch 2, Switch Pro, or maybe something else?
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The Nintendo Switch has been a phenomenal success since its launch in 2017. In less than six years, more than 122 million units have been sold, making the Switch the third best-selling console in history. Recently, more and more has been heard about the successor, and the latest mention comes from a report by Ampere Analysis.
The report focuses on consumer spending in the video game industry and examines unit sales of each of the major consoles. It also includes a brief reference to Nintendo’s new console, which is expected to arrive in late 2024.
Last month brought more news about a potential Switch successor from an unexpected source. In the British government documents on the acquisition of Activision by Microsoft, there is a brief mention of the Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) subscription, which offers retro games and titles from the GameBoy. The document states that NSO is only available on Nintendo Switch and another device whose name has been hidden. Many believe that it is about the future Nintendo console.
Back in December on The Digital Foundry Direct Weekly podcast, John Linneman said that a Switch Pro was planned by Nintendo but cancelled, partly due to fears that it would repeat the fate of the Wii U – that is, it would be a total flop when the Wii was a success. However, he believes that the next-gen Switch 2 (or whatever it will be called), perhaps with Nvidia’s Tegra T239 SoC on board, DLSS support and other modern features, will not appear until after 2023.
All of this is of course still unconfirmed; there are also voices that an improved Nintendo Switch will appear this winter, such as in this tweet.
GIANT NEW LEAK
A 4chan leak that correctly predicted everything revealed today claims that new Nintendo Switch models will be released this year along the second part and the game will have graphical enhancements for it.
We have verified this leak is real. pic.twitter.com/oWbnK9N176
— Centro LEAKS (@CentroLeaks) February 27, 2023
The Ampere Analysis report also reveals that global console spend fell 7.8% year-on-year to $56.2 billion in 2022, while gaming revenue fell 9.3% to $32.6 billion. It was a good year for Sony, which took a 45% share of all money spent on console games, hardware and services, helped by PlayStation 5, which hit 30 million units sold. In contrast, sales of the Xbox X/S series are estimated at 18.5 million units since its release.