Nintendo loves iterating on its portable hardware, so it's almost a given that at some point, the Switch is going to get an upgrade - and according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, that's going to be late next year.
According to sources which have spoken to the outlet, the Switch is struggling to maintain its amazing sales momentum so Nintendo is looking at ways to give it a boost - and refreshed hardware seems to be the favoured option.
As expected, the new model of the Switch will, of course, share hardware functionality with the existing machine and will be fully compatible with all existing software. Nintendo is still undecided about exactly how it will "upgrade" this new version; The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an improved LCD display - like those seen on modern smartphones - is on the cards, but apparently an OLED panel is off the table. Screen technology is important because Nintendo's goal is to make the new console's display "brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient".
Nintendo has a history of upgrading its handhelds to maintain consumer interest. The Game Boy was followed by the Game Boy Pocket, while the Game Boy Advance sired the SP and Micro. Nintendo's other current portable, the 3DS, has seen no less than five different hardware iterations since launch.
The earliest we could hear of a Switch revision would be e3 2019. We'll have to see if this is a rumor that'll pan out or be full of shit.
I remember a time people were rumoring for a Wii 2 before the Wii's life was up, but wishing the Wii 2 had top of the line specs. That never happend. Instead we had the Wii U. And I don't think Nintendo intends to want to match the PS4 Pro or Xbox One S (or even the eventual PS5 or Xbox Next).
Once upon a time earlier this year, Sony had once said they would never allow PS4 players to cross-play with non-Sony platforms (with the exception of PC/mobile). As of today, they have lifted the restriction (with some catches).
In an interesting turn of events, Sony has announced that the PS4 version of Fortnite will receive cross-platform play starting from today, allowing players to play against those on other platforms for the first time.
When Fortnite first launched on Switch, Sony came under fire from fans, press, and even Nintendo for refusing to allow cross-play between the two systems. Matters were intensified thanks to the fact that Sony chose to actively block PS4 players from using their accounts on Switch, too, effectively attempting to force players to stick with its own platform.
The announcement comes via Sony's official PlayStation Twitter accounts, where the cross-platform inclusion has been introduced as an open beta which starts today. The company has also issued an extended statement, which begins with a quick explanation of the turnaround.
"Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution."
The beta will support cross-play between PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac, aiming to ensure the service's quality, while also keeping an eye on the "user experience from both a technical and social perspective".
As Sony indicates, this represents a major policy change for the company and it will be interesting to see how the situation develops. For now, though, Switch fans can finally play with their Fortnite friends on PS4 - and that's something to celebrate.
Too little, too late for Sony? Or it's about time? What other multiplatform games that have PS4 versions would you like to see get cross-play with non-Sony versions?
Meltan is a Steel-type Pokémon with a body made mostly of liquid metal, which makes its shape very fluid. This Pokémon can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its body. Meltan can generate electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and for an attack it fires from its eye.
In Pokémon GO, sightings of Ditto that have transformed into Meltan have been reported. Professor Oak and Professor Willow have started research on Meltan. Professor Oak, one of the leading authorities in the field of Pokémon research, is based in the Kanto region’s Pallet Town. In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, he gives a Pokédex to both you and your rival—entrusting you with his dream of completing it. Meanwhile, with the help of Pokémon GO players around the world, Professor Willow conducts his research in the field to fully understand the habitats and distribution of Pokémon. He was once an assistant to Professor Oak, and he talks to Oak, his mentor, whenever he runs into a hitch in his research.
It has been determined that Pokémon GO is somehow key to meeting Meltan in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Updates will be provided as more is discovered about this mysterious Mythical Pokémon.
So what do you think about this new Gen VIII Pokémon which is that gen's first mythical reveal? Honestly I think the design would have gone a lot better if it didn't have a Ditto body...
It's interesting to see Sony launch a product that is clearly aiming to succeed in the exact same areas as Nintendo's recent machines, with the 'Mini' console concept starting to become a well-understood - and almost expected - thing. Of course, we've also seen that a Sega Mega Drive Mini is in the works, too.
Sony's new mini console launches on 3rd December for £89.99 / €99.99 / $99.99 - so slightly more expensive than Nintendo's offerings have been.