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Nintendo to release two new Nintendo Switch models in 2019

Nintendo to release two new Nintendo Switch models in 2019

As The Verge reports, a new report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that Nintendo is planning not one, but two new versions of the Switch hybrid console aimed at the two ends of the market.

Nonetheless, an updated Switch model has been rumoured for several months now, starting with a report from last October pointing to a new hardware release in the second half of 2019. The sources also claimed the cheaper version, like the 2DS, will be more "kid-proof". It'll replace removable Joy-Cons with fixed ones, and ditch their HD Rumble feature in order to bring costs down, making it presumably more hard to play in the docked mode with a TV without the purchase of a separate controller.

On the flip side, nothing much is known regarding the other version which will be priced much higher than the current Switch console. Eurogamer describes the split evolution as akin to the 2DS and New 3DS vs. the original 3DS, one model being cheaper and sleeker while removing some defining features to drive down price while the other is a marked upgrade over the original design.

The report adds that the new models will be shown off at gaming event E3 in June and that they will arrive a few months later.

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Nintendo released the Switch just over two years ago, in March 2017, and it's not going anywhere. It has gone on to become Nintendo's most successful console, and now the company wants to capitalise on its appeal. Those who have used the new Switches say they include numerous feature changes. The existing Switch is now priced at $300 in the US. It's not clear how powerful this new system will be, but according to the WSJ it won't be up to par with the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro.

"We have made no announcements and we do not comment on rumour and speculation".

Refreshed consoles are not an oddity in the world of games.