Cheaper Nintendo Switch Launching This Summer

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The Japanese gaming giant is planning to launch two new Switch models as early as this summer, The Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans.

Pretty much since the day the Nintendo Switch released, consumers and media outlets have been speculating that Nintendo may refine the console by releasing additional models. That pricier option would sport "enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers". Meanwhile, if you're looking to hop into Nintendo's family but you're short of the bucks and a relative's organs to sell so that you can afford one of the miracle devices, the more budget-friendly alternative is apparently created to cut as many costs as possible.

According the publication's sources, the first of these new devices will be aimed at budget gamers, and will see the Switch presented in a more traditional handheld-first format.

One model would be a higher-end system with enhanced hardware akin to the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, though not as powerful as either, according to the report.

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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. Back in January, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said: "We are not considering a successor or a price cut at this time", which seems pretty conclusive, doesn't it?

A cheaper Switch could help Nintendo sell online service subscriptions.

"If the article is accurate, this would support our forecast of virtually flat" year-on-year Switch sales next fiscal year, Masahiro Ono and Yui Yasumoto, analysts at Morgan Stanley MUFG, wrote in a research note after the story. One or both consoles will likely have a new LCD from Sharp instead of the current JDI screens.

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