- Nintendo is reportedly working on two new versions of its Switch console that might release as early as summer 2019 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, according to WSJ.
- There is reportedly one new, cheaper model and another that will have “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers.”
- WSJ reports the cheaper model won’t have the vibration feature, which could mean it won’t have the detachable Joy-Con controllers.
Details: The cheaper Nintendo Switch variant may be the successor to the Nintendo 3DS with an increased emphasis on being a portable device, according to The Verge. This backs up a report from Nikkei that Nintendo planned to release a smaller version of the Switch console.
- But the enhanced model won’t be like the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro, which are “souped-up versions of” Microsoft and Sony consoles, USA Today reports.
Bigger picture: A more portable version of the Switch could make it a direct competitor with mobile devices for gaming. Apple announced Monday the introduction of a new video game subscription service, called Apple Arcade, which would allow gamers to download games directly from the App Store.
Google announced plans for its new Stadia device in March, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The new project allows gamers to stream their games across multiple platforms using only a Stadia controller.