According to recent reports from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans on releasing a new version of the Nintendo Switch in the second half of 2019. Since then, the gaming industry has run amok with theories, speculations, and wish lists on what they want from the new model. Of course, some of these lists are more realistic than others, but it doesn’t hurt to express what you want in a system upgrade. That’s why I decided to discuss some new upgrades and features that I personally want to see. Keep in mind that this is my own opinion and that some of my choices may not align with yours. Of course, we also want to hear from you, so make sure to let us know what you want from the new Nintendo Switch model. With that said, here is what I want from the next iteration of the Nintendo Switch.
1. A Better Screen
Perhaps the most requested upgrade among the community, a newer screen would surely add some appeal to a new Switch model. As of now, the current version of the Nintendo Switch can act as both a handheld and a home console. Because of this, the Switch changes resolution output when used in different modes, with system outputting 1080p in docked mode and 720p in handheld mode. While most games on the Switch run fine, few will argue that some games could use some help in handheld mode. While a new OLED screen would not fix all visual issues for Switch games, it would give them a bit of a nicer look.
Now I would want a newer, brighter screen for my Switch as much as the next person, but I don’t really see it happening. Nintendo’s main demographic tends to focus around younger children, meaning that they will keep children in mind when designing new systems. Of course, the Switch has attracted more of an older audience, but that doesn’t change the fact children will still pick up the console. With this said, the developers will likely want to use materials and parts that will give a good balance of sturdiness and quality. That’s where the issue arises: OLED glass screens crack easily. Yes, a glass screen would provide a bit of an increase in visual quality, but it would also make the Switch more breakable. Based on past patterns, Nintendo will likely keep the current screen from the current model to minimize the chances of a child breaking their system.
2. More Storage
One of the biggest issues that many had with the Nintendo Switch during its initial launch revolved around the lack of storage. The current model of the Switch contains 32 GB of internal storage. Now if you think that’s a small amount of space for your games – you’re right. It gets even worse due to a portion of that storage going towards the system itself, meaning its unusable for game space. While not a major problem due to the option of purchasing an SD card for extra space, a newer model of the Switch with expanded storage would make for a big selling point. With more storage up front, customers wouldn’t have to worry about having to make another purchase for extra space.
Now this feature does seem doable. Even after only a year and a half into the Switch’s life cycle, technology has advanced far. It wouldn’t sound irrational if Nintendo found a new method or piece of hardware that would increase the amount of on-board storage. Out of all the possible features that could be included, this one is the most likely to occur.
3. Longer Battery Life
While the Nintendo Switch excels in many areas, the battery life of the system lacks much to be desired. Depending on the game, you can get anywhere between 2.5-6.5 hours of battery at a time. Obviously, this limitation likely results on the power needed to run high-quality games on essentially a tablet. Still, it couldn’t hurt to at least try to up the battery for a new model right? More battery life would certainly draw in fans of some of the bigger, more graphically-heavy games on the Switch.
Similarly to the chances of extra storage, I believe that higher battery life in the new Switch model is a definite possibility. Compact batteries that can provide sufficient power are constantly in development, so any lack of options does not exist. Also, Nintendo shown instances in the past where they will use newer technology to improve their current systems, such as small changes in chips used in newer SKUs of the Switch. Out of all my wants in a new Switch, my biggest hope is for more battery life so I can continue to enjoy playing my Switch without the need to be tied to a wall outlet.
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