At a recent investor Q & A, Nintendo talked about the Switch life-cycle, indicating it could go beyond the usual 5 to 6 year window.
Shigeru Miyamoto believes the systems life span could go on far longer due to its hardware features:
“When you think about what can be done with the Nintendo Switch as a device that can be taken on the go and that every person has in their hands to play, you realise it has many features not available on any other hardware to date […] “Up until now, the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that life cycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that.”
Nintendo director Shinya Takahashi went on to add:
“Behind the unceasing stream of Nintendo Switch software releases to date is an approach to development that concentrates on development, itself the fruit of efforts several years ago to integrate the software development teams, which has made it easier to organise teams.”
It looks like we could still be playing the Switch beyond 2023!
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