Development kits for Nintendo’s next console are now apparently in the hands of key partner studios, according to multiple sources for VGC.
The plan is to allegedly release this new console, which is able to be used in portable mode (like the Switch), during the second half of 2024.
The outlet indicates they could go earlier, but aren’t in an effort to ensure plenty of launch day stock in order to avoid the early shortages that plagued Microsoft and Sony’s consoles.
The console will reportedly launch with an LCD screen, rather than a most costly OLED screen, to keep prices down and also decidedly increase the console’s storage capabilities.
Like the Switch, the new console is expected to accept physical games via a cartridge slot. Nintendo aims to convert as many of the Switch’s user base as possible to the new system.
They have their job cut out for them. As of March this year, Nintendo Switch models have sold over 125 million units worldwide which makes it Nintendo’s best-selling home console to date and the third-best-selling game console of all time behind the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS.
The Switch is projected to see a 15-17% decline in both hardware and software sales this year – six years after the Switch hit the market in early 2017.