According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, there are not one, but two Nintendo Switch models on the horizon.
Takashi Mochizuki’s report indicates that the two models will be aimed at different markets.
The first will be a souped up version of the existing Nintendo Switch with “enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers, although it won’t be as powerful as Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X”
The second model will be a cheaper, lower-end device designed to replace the ageing Nintendo 3DS console line. It will apparently cut some features, including HD rumble.
The report cites the information as coming from parts suppliers and software developers familiar with console prototypes.
Mochizuki elaborates on Twitter, saying:
“There would be two models, and people who’ve seen them said designs of new devices are ‘different from the original and you’d be surprised.’”
“You would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony’s PlayStation Vita”
The report also says that both devices are planned to be unveiled at this year’s E3 in June, and will be in stores by the end of year.