Nintendo might launch two new Switches as early as this summer, according to the WSJ. One would most likely be a smaller and cheaper model that is about portability. The company might also release a higher-end model Switch aimed at more serious gamers, which would compete with Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. It wouldn’t be quite as powerful as those consoles though.
The WSJ’s sources are parts suppliers who have access to a prototype. They claim Nintendo will also eliminate the HD Rumble controller vibration and other features to keep costs down. This news does make sense as both Sony and Microsoft have released multiple versions of the PS4 and Xbox One, some higher-end and cheaper versions. This has helped them keep sales rolling.
The Switch has been a huge hit already, with 32 million units sold to date, but Nintendo recently revised its 2018 fiscal sales projections downward so this will help keep consoles selling. By launching new Switch they will position themselves well for the next round of consoles wars.
The cheaper Switch version was originally rumored to be just a handheld device without the plastic docking station of the current Switch, but we don’t have any details just yet. We could learn more before this summer.