Gamers’ hopes for a long-awaited “pro” version of the popular console were dashed with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch OLED, but it didn’t stop them from dreaming and speculating.
Despite the fact that multiple game studios had access to an actual development kit with 4K support, according to a Bloomberg article, one of the most popular anticipated features for a Switch Pro, Nintendo has put these expectations to rest.
The Switch Pro rumors were debunked by Nintendo itself. (Credit:Nintendo)
We also want to restate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will launch on October 8, 2021. (2/2)September 30, 2021
The official Twitter account for Nintendo has responded to the Bloomberg story, denying that it is true and stating that claims of “providing tools to encourage game creation for the Nintendo Switch with 4K support” are false.
More damaging still, in a response to this tweet, Nintendo claimed that it has “no plans for any additional models,” except for the Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will be released on October 8, 2021.
Even if every word in the first tweet can be twisted to imply that Nintendo is no longer providing 4K development tools, but did so at one time, the second tweet (if true) puts any rumors of a Switch Pro being presently in progress or even on the horizon to rest.
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There’s a little more to unpack in the line “no plans for any new model,” if we’re to take it literally; that is, the firm has not even considered the prospect of another Switch model other than its upcoming Switch OLED. But we find it hard to believe.
Although this isn’t the case for all games, having an IP that generates sales is far more valuable than a similar game with no such business potential.
A lot of effort goes into generating ideas and viability assessments for various Switch console counterparts, but we take the ‘no plans’ language to imply that none of them have been implemented in any form, such as a development roadmap.
Taking a closer look at the second half of this statement, ‘any new model’ may just be a sly way of implying that there will be another, more powerful console on the near horizon, but it might not necessarily be a Switch machine – could we see Nintendo’s answer to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X soon?
The most likely scenario is that this statement is a little white lie from Nintendo. What impact, if any, would it have on the gaming giant if it released another Switch console in a year’s time after claiming they weren’t working on one?
Furthermore, just a week before the release of the new OLED model, claiming there’s no impending update to the Switch lineup might assist sales since prospective buyers would be less inclined to wait for the ‘next’ upgrade.
There’s also the issue of Bloomberg’s original report – while its sources are anonymous, they claim to work for 11 different businesses, so we find it difficult to believe that each employee is falsely claiming independently.
We’ll no doubt learn further information on this subject in the days ahead, and we’ll update our story as more comes available.