The long-rumored OLED Nintendo Switch could be released as soon as September, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Manufacturing is reportedly planned to start in July.
According to the report by Bloomberg, Nintendo could announce the new version of the Switch before the E3 trade show, which kicks off in virtual form on June 12.
An announcement prior to E3 would allow third-party publishers, as well as Nintendo itself, to show their games running on the new OLED Switch. The new gaming system is said to use more powerful Nvidia hardware that works with DLSS technology, allowing for 4K output to a TV. It will also boast a 7-inch OLED display provided by Samsung.
Bloomberg says Nintendo’s suppliers are “confident” in their ability to fulfill the orders even though there’s a global shortage of chips and other components. “Production lines are better prepared for the potential component shake-up and the parts Nintendo is using are subject to less competition than those in its rivals’ more powerful consoles,” according to the report, though it still warns that “the company’s ability to meet consumer demand won’t be guaranteed.”
The actual model of the Nintendo Switch has been hard to find in retail stores for the past 12 months. Like other gaming systems, it faced high increases in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbated by challenges with the supply chain.
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