The President of Nintendo, Shuntaro Furukawa, has addressed the rumours that a Nintendo Switch Pro, or any other model, will be launching at some point in 2020. The rumours were shut down during a financial briefing, in which Furukawa explained that Nintendo is focused on driving the growth of both current versions of the Nintendo Switch.
Specifically Furukawa described how the company believes it is important to continue communicating the appeal of both versions of the Nintendo Switch systems, and focus on expanding the install base. He added that the company has absolutely no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model in 2020.
Furukawa also touched upon the performance of the Nintendo Switch Lite. He said that while the smaller, more portable version of the console is off to a good start, there is still room for growth. The Nintendo Switch Lite sold 2 million units in under two weeks at launch, and helped to boost overall unit sales of the Nintendo Switch.
Furukawa thinks that Nintendo still has a long way to go before they’ve effectively communicated the special features and benefits of the Nintendo Switch Lite to the public. This is what the company will be pushing moving forward in 2020.
Rumours of a Nintendo Switch Pro were sparked when industry analysts expressed their thoughts that Nintnedo would definitely launch a new console before the end of 2020. This Pro model of the Nintendo Switch would be more powerful than either of the two current models, with some even suggesting that it would have 4K capability while docked.
Visuals are arguably the Nintendo Switch’s greatest weakness when it comes to triple A games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Even the newly announced The Outer Worlds port will be an obvious downgrade from the original version. This is the point that users want to see addressed with a more powerful console, one that maintains the hybrid nature of the base Nintendo Switch model.
Now that these rumours have been firmly shut down, Nintendo fans will have to wait until next year to see if the company surprises them with a new version of the hybrid console.