The Nintendo Switch is the Big N hottest console in years – selling more than 32 million units since it launched in early 2017 – but it could already be due for a refresh. Multiple rumors point to a revised version of the switch hardware arriving in 2019, with improvements that could include a brighter display and more compact design.
Here's everything we know about the "Switch Mini" from its rumored specs to possible Release date:
Nintendo Switch Mini release date: When is it coming out?
Spam or new switch hardware first popped up in October 2018, when The Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo is planning to refresh the Switch for 2019 that may have a "brighter, thinner and more energy efficient" display.
Talk of new Switch hardware popped up once again in January 2019, this time via the Japanese blog Nikkei (via Newsweek). The outlet only has a specific timeframe, but notes that the new console – which reports may be smaller version of the Switch – will arrive in 2019.
When asked about the Nintendo Switch Mini by Ars Technica, Nintendo simply said, "We have nothing to announce on this topic." Is that a denial or a deflection?
The Wall Street Journal reports from late 2018 claims that the updated Switch may have a brighter and more efficient display. that could help the console deliver improved battery life. But where things really get interesting are the details of the Nikkei report, which claims that the system will be detachable and can not include a dock.
] If such a device does come out, it will likely support the same game library and core as the standard Switch, but without the system's ability to transform from a portable to stationary console on the fly. There is now the switch mini's internalized internal specs, but it seems safe to expect the console to re-pack Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, especially if it's going to be cheaper than the current model.
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What other changes are coming to Switch in 2019? 19659006] Credit: Nintendo According to Nintendo All translation of the same Nikkei report , Nintendo could launch a more premium version of its $ 20-per-year Nintendo Switch Online service that's aimed at game enthusiasts willing to pay more. "It is unclear whether this would include more classic game libraries (such as that of the SNES). or N64), or other new features.  You can also expect more games to integrate the in-game voice chat that's currently exclusive to titles such as Fortnite. Gaming communication company Vivox, whose technology powers Fortnite's in-game chat on switch, has opened up its SDK to all Switch developers.
This means that you will probably see more third-party titles that allow you to chat with friends with a headset plugged right into your console, rather than with an external smartphone app. However, Nintendo does not seem to have its own Switch Online App for its first-party games, so don't expect that to change.
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