According to a recent report by VGC, Nintendo is reportedly targeting a 2024 release for its next-gen console. The report states that the company is aiming for the release of the console in the latter half of 2024. This is to ensure that there is a lot of stock available on launch day, avoiding the type of shortages the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series had faced. Key partner studios have already received dev kits for the console reportedly.
New Nintendo Console Coming Soon Next Year?
The VGC report also states that the next-gen Nintendo console can be used in portable mode like the Switch. VGC’s sources also state that the console could be released with an LCD screen instead of an OLED one to reduce costs. The new Nintendo console will also accept games via cartridges like the Switch.
If the console does release in the expected window of 2024, then it may be closer to Christmas since console sales are generally higher during that time. This would mean that there should already be a stellar lineup of games to play when it releases. Features like backward compatibility on physical and digital games are currently unclear.
First-party games like Mario, Splatoon, and the recently released Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom may be in the console’s lineup when it launches. If Tears of the Kingdom does come onto the next-gen console, it may be a version solely for that console if backward compatibility isn’t available. Though, this is just pure speculation at this point. In addition to that, with Microsoft signing a 10-year deal with Nintendo for Call of Duty, we may also see the 2024 COD title released on the Switch successor as well.
Nintendo’s current console, The Switch, was released in 2017, followed by an OLED version in 2021.
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