Having this week announced plans to release a handheld-only Switch console, Nintendo is also looking to upgrade the launch model.
A filing lodged with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this month shows the company is seeking regulatory permission to make a few changes to the flagship version of the console, which released in March 2017.
Specifically, Nintendo looks set to give the existing Switch model an upgrade with a new processor and flash storage chips.
It can only be speculated how the changes will impact performance, although quietly swapping out components in this manner – often a cost-cutting exercise as smaller and cheaper chips become available – is standard industry practice. Several versions of the standard PlayStation 4 exist, for example.
The site suggests the updated components may be the same as those featured in Switch Lite, which will launch on September 20 priced at $200 — $100 cheaper than the existing Switch model.
A limited edition Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Switch Lite console will also be released on November 8, one week before the highly anticipated games launch.
Nintendo shares reached a nine-month high following Switch Lite’s announcement on Wednesday.
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