Nintendo has not come forward about the Nintendo Switch Pro, Nintendo Super Switch, or whatever it ends up being called. In fact, the company has suggested otherwise, saying there would be no Switch upgrade anytime soon. The language here is clearly carefully plucked though, because "soon" is highly relative. Later this year isn't technically soon, as much as it technically is too.
Despite mum being the word from Nintendo, the upgraded Switch console practically has to exist. There are too many reports on it for it not to; even Samsung has seemingly hinted at producing OLED screens for the new hybrid console. For now, it remains to be seen exactly what this is, but with it said to release late this year, many are likely to ask the same question it did of the PS5 and Xbox Series X: how much is it going to cost?
The latest Nintendo Switch Pro info drop beats on several of the same ideas that have been tossed around. According to it, it'll feature a 7-inch 720p OLED screen, DLSS, a better CPU, more memory, and a lot of games to compliment it. This is generally what's to be expected, especially in terms of memory for the Switch, but the improved screen and more are still no laughing matter. Based on this same report, it seems that many are expecting the Switch Pro to come in between $349.99-$399.99.
For comparison, the standard Switch still comes in at $299.99 (despite being four years old), while the Switch Lite retails at $199.99. This, with the fact that Nintendo hardly puts its products on sale and how the Switch still outsold the PS5 at launch, means that these prices are still likely locked for quite some time. Offering entry points at $199, $299, and $399 makes sense, though there are a few caveats with this line of thinking. First, the Switch will go down in price eventually. It may not be much, but at some point, eventually, some day, fans can probably find these the standard and lite versions in the $179-$249 range.
With a Switch Pro releasing, this would make even more sense. $349 seems like the sweet spot, which would tie in well with that, because $399.99 puts it in range of other consoles. Again, that's not to say the Switch Pro wouldn't sell at $399.99—it certainly would—but at that point, it's impossible to ignore alternative options.
While both of Sony and Microsoft's flagship consoles, the PS5 and Xbox Series X respectively, come in at $499, they offer cheaper alternatives for next-gen gaming. PS5 fans can pick up a digital edition at $399.99, while the Xbox Series S comes in at $299.99. For years, Nintendo has played to the beats of its own drums; there's not exactly competition between Nintendo and Sony, or Nintendo and Microsoft. However, a Switch Pro priced at $399.99 does seemingly enter the ring of the PS5 Digital and Xbox Series S.
It says something, for sure, that the best experience Nintendo can offer its fanbase comes in at this price, while this is the "cheap" entry point for Sony and Microsoft into next-gen gaming. In other words, if fans have the pocket cash to pick up one of these consoles, then choosing between the Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital, and Switch Pro becomes a decision. No one could fault fans for choosing either over the Switch, at least at launch, and that's not to say anything about demand. Next-gen consoles are notoriously hard to find, and given the popularity of the Switch, it seems the Switch Pro release is fated to the same thing.
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