Digital Foundry: mid-generation Switch refresh was canned internally, successor next

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Digital Foundry’s John Linneman has revealed in the latest Digital Foundry Direct Weekly that he has spoken to a number of different developers about whether or not a revised Nintendo Switch console is still in the works. From what he understands from the people he has spoken to is that a revised unit was planned by the secretive Kyoto-based company, but was ultimately scrapped. The reasons for this remain unknown, though it could well have been due to the COVID-19 pandemic which caused market turbulence worldwide due to component shortages, worldwide lockdowns etc. Linneman believes that whatever Nintendo is planning to bring out next will be the full blown successor to the Nintendo Switch system which originally launched worldwide in March 2017.

“So I think at one point internally, from what I can understand from talking to different developers, is that there was some sort of mid-generation Switch update planned at one point and that seems to be no longer happening. And thus it’s pretty clear that whatever they do next is going to be the actual next-generation hardware.”

Digital Foundry’s John Linneman

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