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Nintendo Switch Pro: Release Date, Price, Games, And More For Nintendo's Rumoured Upgrade

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Nintendo's latest console, the Switch, has undoubtedly been a huge success for the company.

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Combining the convenience of a handheld console with incredible titles you'd usually expect to play on your TV, the console has enjoyed a strong three and a half years on the market - despite a quiet 2020 release schedule.

Of course, Nintendo gonna Nintendo, which means a rumoured revision of the Switch (dubbed the "Super Switch" or "Switch Pro") has been rumoured for months.

Here's everything we know about the potentially more powerful Switch.

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Switch Pro Named By Component Manufacturer - May 10

Nintendo may not be commenting on rumours, but other parties are. It appears Universal Display Corp, a company manufacturing OLED screens, is expecting a Switch Pro this year – and even called it by that name.

Find out more here.

Why Do We Expect A Switch Pro?

Nintendo has long been known to iterate on the designs of its handheld consoles, with the likes of the DS and 3DS getting almost constant revisions.

Between that history and the more recent Switch Lite (and the more subtle improvements made under the hood to the base Switch), there's every chance the company is looking to eke out more power from the platform.

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Switch Pro Release Date

The company has previously noted that there are no plans to introduce a new Switch model in 2020, but the future looks less than certain.

We'd expect the possibility of a 2021 announcement to be a likely one, although the current COVID-19 situation makes it nowhere near a guarantee.

In a private Q&A session discussing the company's financial results, Nintendo confirmed that we won't be seeing an updated Nintendo Switch in the next 12 months (thanks, Bloomberg) – suggesting we won't get the console in 2021.

Switch Pro Key Features

According to dataminer SciresM, the Switch Pro's internal codename is 'Aula', and will use a Mariko (Tegra X1+) system-on-chip – the same as the Switch lite and revamped 2019 model.

There's also a "4K UHD multimedia SoC" from Realtek that's referenced, and the console will have an OLED screen too.

SciresM suggested that the console won't output in 4K in handheld mode, but that the Realtek chip will boost output from a docked setup to 4K.

Bloomberg previously reported that Nintendo has requested developers make their games 4K ready, but Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser suggested it's not happening anytime soon.

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"The momentum on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite in the fourth year is strong,” Bowser noted.

“And we believe we’re changing the trajectory of another typical console life cycle."

“And we will continue, for the foreseeable future, to really lean into both of those platforms and the content that comes with it, because it’s the symbiotic relationship that makes the real difference," he added. "And it’s why Nintendo Switch is so differentiated.”

Will The Switch Pro Play Exclusive Games?

Nintendo's previous hardware revisions have offered very little in terms of exclusive games for the most part, but the company has often promoted a game alongside a new console.

While we don't expect something like Breath of the Wild 2 will be exclusive for the Switch Pro, there's every chance its marketing will be tied to a new console if one does come to fruition.

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