E3 is right around the corner and the rumors are starting to get heated. One particular rumor we’ve heard about for years now is the Nintendo Switch Pro and, well, 2021 is no different.
This time, we’ve got quite a few reputable sources reporting on the rumor. Bloomberg recently reported on Nintendo’s plans to being assembly of the new upgraded Switch as early as July before releasing it to the masses in September or October. Bloomberg, of course, cited anonymous sources, but Eurogamer corroborated the report with its own unnamed sources.
Reports of a newer, more powerful Switch model have been around for a while now so I’m really not surprised to see it pop up around E3. Even my fellow App Trigger writers like to poke fun at the wild, often unsubstantiated rumors that exist around the Nintendo Switch Pro.
But what can I say? I’m a sucker for gossip. And E3 is one of my favorite times of year.
Although Nintendo no longer participates in the annual gaming event, the company still usually hosts its own digital livestream (Nintendo Direct) around the summer festivities. Eurogamer also reports that Nintendo will host its own E3 2021 digital event during E3 week where new games for the souped-up console will be announced.
Bloomberg says the Nintendo Switch Pro could even be revealed before E3 2021, which begins on June 12. And while Nintendo wouldn’t directly be involved with the official E3, the event would give developers a chance to talk about the new system and how its upgraded power could benefit their games.
The Nintendo Switch Pro is rumored to offer 4K support and come with a 7-inch OLED screen. Pricing is still a big question mark, but it’s expected to cost more than the current Switch console, which sells for $300. It’s also possible it could replace the current Switch as the main console sold in stores. The $200 Switch Lite model will remain available.
It’s also worth pointing out that we don’t know if it’ll actually be called the Nintendo Switch Pro, or Super Switch which has become popular online. Only a “handful” of people inside Nintendo are said to know its actual name.