The Nintendo Switch 2 is reportedly set to launch in the second half of 2024. This is good news for Nintendo Switch fans, as the handheld gaming console is over six years old and was long due for a refresh. According to a report by VGC, the wait might not be long now. Citing sources close to the development, the gaming publication has revealed that the next-generation Nintendo Switch will launch in the second half of 2024. Here are all details revealed in the latest Nintendo Switch 2 leak.
Nintendo Switch 2 All Set to Launch in 2024
VGC has cited several people close to Nintendo’s next-gen console plans to reveal the launch timeline. According to the report, key partner studios have already received the development kits for the Nintendo Switch 2 or the next generation console from Nintendo. The company is trying to ensure that there is no stock crunch on the launch day and avoid the shortage experienced by PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
According to the report, details of the next-generation console are being guarded, but the sources have confirmed a few details. For starters, the new Nintendo console will be a portable, handheld console like the Switch. The report also suggests that Nintendo might ditch OLED and stick to LCD panels for the next console to keep costs in check. Instead, the company will increase storage for bigger games. Notably, the Nintendo Switch has just 32GB of storage, which is insufficient today.
The report also claims the new Nintendo console will support cartridges and digital games downloaded online. To make it easier to upgrade from Nintendo Switch, the next-generation Switch is said to be backwards compatible with both physical and digital Nintendo Switch games.
VGC has also quoted Tokyo-based industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto saying that considering the dwindling sales of Switch, the timing is right to launch the new console. Additionally, a 2024 launch seems to fit in perfectly with the 5-7-year launch cycle of Nintendo. The company launched the N64 in 1996, GameCube in 2001, Wii in 2006, Wii U in 2012, and Switch in 2017.
Going by the history above, it remains to be seen whether we will see a new Nintendo Switch 2 console or a completely different console. Nintendo is known for being tight-lipped about its hardware and keeping them under tight wraps till the launch. If you have been planning to buy a Switch, it would be wiser to wait till next year. However, the Switch continues to be a great console, and if you can’t wait till late 2024, you can go right ahead and pick it up.