Nintendo Switch To Get Further Updates In The Future; IGZO Displays Confirmed For New Models
The Nintendo Switch original model received a minor update recently, but it seems like Nintendo is looking to take things further down the line.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Japanese company has ideas to further update the console beyond the two announced models. This will extend the platform's lifecycle.
People familiar with Nintendo’s product planning say it has ideas for further updates to the Switch lineup after those two models to make the platform’s lifecycle long. Chief Executive Shuntaro Furukawa has said the company is always working on new hardware.
The development of additional models isn't particularly surprising, considering the Nintendo DS and 3DS received several updates over the course of their lifecycles.
Additionally, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that the new Nintendo Switch models are using IGZO displays. Nintendo hasn't specified which of the new models feature them, though.
IGZO—indium gallium zinc oxide—is a semiconducting material that the Osaka-based display maker was first to use in mass-produced display panels. Its features include high resolution, low energy consumption and durability.
The next model to release is the Nintendo Switch Lite. It will be released next month.
Releasing: September 20, 2019
Comes in three colors (Grey, Yellow, Turqoise)
Does not have detachable JoyCons, can’t be docked to the TV
Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable.
The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.