Within 17 to 24 months of the original hardware release Nintendo enjoys pushing a new model SKU into the community. GBA 23 months. 3DS 17 months. DS 16 months. It makes sense to me when I propose ideas consumers will very much find the next Nintendo Switch hardware iterations on retail shelves by Holiday 2018.
The real question worth a fuck is the design and engineering aspects underway surrounding the technology at Nintendo. Will Nintendo repackage existing Switch integrated components within a comfortable and sexy new form factor? Would prematurely shelving new bundles so shortly after the core audience whom collectively world wide heavily invested (and with great success) in that which is currently made available upsetting to anyone currently spending Switch money? Knowing history could prove the aforementioned behavior above^ to undoubtedly disrupt the current momentum which Switch’s launch sku flavor maintains before us now among existing buyers. It could be interpreted negatively even if unjustly when gamers feel baited or tricked into large relinquished sums of money.
Though, Action in end will always feast on Beauty. The visual atmosphere and its changes surrounding all encompassing reception of product rarely bitter the taste of consumers mouths, in fact, because, in instance install base is divided amongst Sku since the capability and function of the first born remains unthreatened any manifested launching of a Switch “Pro” within initial fiscal year of original’s introduction wouldn’t necessarily be a force to the extent of a result ideally having gamers double dipping in their wallets. Feeling bitter sensations like that could be easily exasperated mucking up confidence in the company. Rather, moving ahead, regardless, it successfully casts a bigger net attracting new buyers expanding the audience. It is just that fact alone that weighs most heavy in determining proper course of action the industry questions us for. The same Switch essentials of its being, what it is, refaced but alas internal architecture not replaced has a rather probable chance of coming to fruition under the guise of new color themes and first party IP bundle. It’s these possible targeted consumers whom will be experiencing the true weight of their investment postponed if Nintendo launches new hardware differential to original without schematically evolving, unequivocally preceding the what is understood as “inevitable tech bump” that lies in wait.
Perhaps, on contrary, Nintendo and next hardware will benefit more than design aesthetics, and sooner, if only to strengthen their grip and stance within the industry and opposing entertainment hardware themselves. Stepping up hardware promoted accordingly as a new Switch containing a array of all new constructed chipset bolstering a healthier tech spec…. Doing so would do well in giving the platform additional legs and penetration, (essentially the necessary makings) for a lengthier generation for those involved; and of course, simultaneously expanding the development community therein in its becoming additionally accessible to any of the potentially concerned softwares as moving forward with Switch in their visibility. But what if you could accomplish all that without dividing your install base, without alienating hardware, and without communicating a different message?
If had to determine course of action top affiliates overseas in Kyoto would venture to execute through rookie interpretation, I would be inclined, to entertain the idea of Nintendo managing aggressively hitting this Holiday with fierce effort bringing smaller hardware at a cheaper cost, a portable only Switch version bundled alongside the 2nd most popular VG IP of all time and the pillar itself supporting handheld gaming: Pokemon. A portable only Switch wouldn’t disrupt or replace the original. When the overall concept of Switch is visualized the prowess of its ability to process information is already in my opinion comfortable enough where the unit itself shouldn’t be expected for any upgrades that increase the perceived graphics beyond any opportunity possible using external component upgrades as if within within the Switch docking system that would allow for greater experiences at home, and without alienating the purchased hardware acting as any form of replacement.
The modularity of the Switch controller setup using the Joy Con allows for interesting new controller concepts that most certainly are positioned to be unleashed as a line of Switch product having only looking at patent filings and trademarks spread under Switch’s foundation of engineering. Additionally, improvements to the likes of Analog Triggers, or Directional Pads, there are all sorts of new interface and input layouts and mechanics that could be Switched in and out accordingly to the various presenting software together capturing gameplay. With future revisions evolving the Joy Con as making it a bigger weapon in the platforms survival, than anyone previously anticipated, I think is closer than public thinks it appears.