New Nintendo Switch console tipped to give us 8 inches in 2024

New Nintendo Switch console tipped to give us 8 inches in 2024
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Joseph Kime


26th Jan 2024 13:20

The era of the Nintendo Switch is drawing to a close, and fans are wondering what they should expect to see next from the gaming giant. Despite whispers that the next Switch will be more of an iteration than a full-blown younger brother, no one's sure what to believe. 

Given the immense successes of Nintendo's handheld-to-home hybrid innovations and the incredible games that it brought to life, there are many who think the company would be daft not to follow up the Switch with a Switch 2. And now, new reports point toward this officially being the case.

Nintendo's new console reportedly has an 8-inch screen

The original Nintendo Switch console with blue and red Joy-Con controllers.
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A new report by Bloomberg claims that the next console in the Switch family will boast an 8-inch screen and will debut at some point in 2024. The comes from Omdia analyst Hiroshi Hayase, who says that the new device will be demanding a lot from the screen developers - supposedly doubling shipments this year.

This has apparently cranked unit sales up by 14.6 million and conveniently points to the long-awaited Switch 2/Switch Pro/whatever you want to call it. It seems that size really is everything, as the basic Switch had a 6.2-inch screen, bumped up to a 7-inch screen on the OLED.

Hayase's claim is (quite literally) a big one, but not because it's a good thing. In fact, it may be a disappointing one that indicates the new console could at least have the same facade as the Nintendo Switch. Either way, the new Switch is beginning to take shape.

This new Nintendo console apparently won't be OLED

The key art for Splatoon 3.
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Last year, Osaka-based Sharp Corp. said it was supplying LCD panels to a new console that was in R&D, and joining the dots, it suggests the new Switch won't launch with the OLED screen that Nintendo toted as an upgrade to the original Nintendo Switch.

Perhaps there will be a pricier model with a fancier screen, but based on this, we can discern that the OLED screen won't come as standard to the Switch sequel. Couple this with reports it'll have the basic grunt of the PS4 or Xbox One, critics will point out this isn't the new-gen console some were hoping for. 

This is a frustrating detail given how much livelier games felt with the OLED screen, but then again, we don't know what innovations Nintendo is packing with the new console. We're just going to have to wait and see what Mario pulls out of his Cappy.

Joseph Kime
About the author
Joseph Kime
Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.
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