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Report: Cheaper Switch model will focus on portability

A new report from Nikkei claims Nintendo's rumored cut-price Switch will be geared towards portability, but will still be compatible with the console's television dock

Chris Kerr, News Editor

April 18, 2019

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Newsbrief: A new report from Nikkei (via Gematsu) claims Nintendo's rumored cut-price Switch will be designed with portability in mind, but will still be compatible with the console's television dock. 

It's a tidbit that adds an extra layer of intrigue to The Wall Street Journal's recent report, which suggested Nintendo was developing two new Switch consoles: a premium model for those looking to upgrade, and a stripped-back device that might eventually replace the 3DS. 

Unlike The WSJ, which wrote that both consoles would launch this summer, Nikkei claims the cheaper model will be unveiled this fall, and that meaningful work on the "next-gen" upgrade has yet to start.

"The next-generation device is a full model change of the current hardware" explained a Nikkei source, before adding "it's not clear who will lead creation of the concept."

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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