Skip to main content

A new Nintendo Switch is reportedly planned for early 2021

A new Nintendo Switch model will begin production before the end of the year and launch in early 2021, according to a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News. The latest version of the handheld/console hybrid will apparently be the long-rumored “pro” edition of the device, and will feature a better display and be “more interactive,” although details on what that actually means are unclear.

News of a revamped model of the Nintendo Switch began as early as late 2018, and emerged again at an earnings call in January 2020, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said players should not expect a new version of the Switch before the end of the year, something he had also stated in early 2019.

Rumors of a new Switch have almost universally included claims of a better display and CPU, with some analysts believing it could even hit 4K resolution while docked, and others predicting a more modest 1080p output while in handheld mode.


By the time the original Switch launched in 2017, the upgraded PlayStation 4 Pro had already been released, and the improved Xbox One X would be on the market within a matter of months. Both the One X and Pro support 4K, or gaming at 1080/1440p with 60fps. The Switch was already lagging in terms of fidelity, which for the most part, has not been a problem, as it is still one of the most in-demand consoles and its exclusives are some of the most well-reviewed games of this generation.

That being said, recent third-party titles that have been altered to run on the significantly less powerful hardware have frequently been criticized for sacrificing too much to work on a more portable device. Even worse, titles like Doom Eternal, which was promised Switch editions, are nowhere to be seen.

As we transition to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, two devices that will support many games at 4K60, and potentially 8K120 in the near future, it’s clear that sooner or later, the Nintendo Switch will need to make some serious upgrades if it wishes to support titles that come to the next generation.

Editors' Recommendations

Tom Caswell
Professional video producer and writer, gaming enthusiast, and streamer!
The Nintendo Switch just got 2 surprise games — and they’re both worth grabbing
A teddy beat sits on an embroidery hoop in Stitch.

If you were unable to catch this week's Nintendo IndieWorld showcase, then you missed a surprisingly loaded show. Lorelei and the Laser Eyes got a May release date, WayForward showed off its Yars' Revenge revival, and Steamworld Heist 2 got an exciting reveal. In the midst of all those headlines, two smaller games were surprise released on the platform: Stitch and Sticky Business. Don't sleep on either of them, as they're both worth a purchase.

Both games are ports of previously released games, but both went a bit under the radar upon their original launch. Sticky Business modestly launched last summer on PC, whereas Stitch has actually been around since 2022 as an Apple Arcade exclusive. The latter even has an Apple Vision Pro version now that can be played in mixed reality. I can't blame anyone for missing either, but their Switch releases offer a good opportunity to catch up with some quiet hidden gems.

Read more
All cross-platform games (PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Two squads of heroes clash in an Overwatch 2 trailer.

Cross-platform support is becoming more important in the world of video games. Multiplayer hits like Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 and Fortnite have pushed crossplay into the limelight, and now most AAA multiplayer games release with at least partial cross-platform support. Finding every cross-platform game is no easy feat, though, so we did the hard work to bring you a comprehensive list of games that support crossplay.

Unfortunately, there aren't any rules when it comes to crossplay, so each game handles the feature a little differently. To make matters more confusing, certain backward-compatible games on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X still support crossplay on the most recent hardware, even if there isn't an official release for that hardware.

Read more
Nintendo Indie World 2024: How to watch and what to expect
Hollow Knight Silksong

Nintendo will hold the first indie world presentation of 2024 tomorrow, April 17. The event will shine a spotlight on some of the most exciting independent games coming to the Nintendo Switch in the coming months. Past showcases have revealed highly anticipated indie games like Another Crab's Treasure, as well as long-awaited ports for games like Outer Wilds.

Although this is not a full-fledged Nintendo Direct, it's still a show that fans of independent games will want to tune into. If you're planning on watching the showcase weive, I've rounded up everything you need to know about when to tune in and what to expect from April 2024's Indie World.
When is the April 2024 Indie World Showcase
Nintendo has confirmed that the next Indie World will begin at 7 a.m. PT on April 17. That means it's something most people will be able to tune into first thing in the morning. Nintendo says that the event will run for roughly 20 minutes, which is consistent with past streams.
How to watch the April 2024 Indie World Showcase
Indie World Showcase 4.17.2024 - Nintendo Switch

Read more