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Budget Nintendo Switch Model To Feature A Sturdier Design; Enhanced Model Won’t Be A Huge Step Up

Mar 26, 2019
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Yesterday, a report from the Wall Street Journal revealed some new details on two new Nintendo Switch models which are supposed to be released later this year. Today, some additional details have come in thanks to another report, which also confirms some of the already revealed information.

According to Eurogamer, the two new Nintendo Switch models are indeed real, and they are meant to cater to two different audiences. The "budget" model, which is apparently going to be a portable only model, will sport a sturdier design to be kid-proof, and position it on the market as a successor to the 3DS. Costs will be kept down by the removal of several features.

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But rather than comparing it to a 3DS, Nintendo is, I'm told, keen to recapture the 2DS value proposition. Similar to 2DS, the unit's design will be sturdier than the current Switch model in order to be "kid-proof".

Costs will be driven down by the removal of several features. Yesterday's report mentioned the system's rumble would be cut to save costs - although it was unclear if this referred to the Switch's unique and more expensive HD Rumble, or any kind of vibration feature at all.

Some new details also emerged on the enhanced Nintendo Switch model, which won't be a big step up from the regular model, as the differences will be similar as the ones seen between the regular 3DS and New 3DS.

As for the new souped-up Switch, the one for "avid videogamers", yesterday's report mentioned it would not be getting beefed up to the specs of either the PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X - which shouldn't come as much of a surprise. I've heard the bump will be comparable to the one received by the 3DS upon its New 3DS relaunch. And, finally, there's no suggestion this model might remove the TV screen docking.

Since Nintendo has yet to confirm anything regarding the two new Switch models, we have to take everything with a grain of salt until official confirmation comes in, which probably won't take long now that word on the matter is out.

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