As always, we don’t normally comment on rumors. But there are few reasons why we believe the latest Switch Pro rumors for 2020 may be valid. Beyond the obvious reasons (3 years since the Switch launched, dated hardware, PS5/Xbox Series X, etc…), the latest comes from the head of a Japanese game industry consultancy.
Speaking with Gameindustry.biz, Dr. Serkan Toto of Kantan Games had the following to say about a possible upgraded Switch “Pro” in 2020:
“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will launch a “Switch Pro” in 2020, my guess is at $399. More specifically, I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year – along with a first-party, system-seller game.”
We’ve been wrong on our predictions of a Switch Pro previously (as have many others it seems), but if there was a year for Nintendo to launch one, it would be 2020. While many argue that Nintendo doesn’t need a “Pro” given the success of the Switch, which is certainly true, it is likely another market segment they could capture and many of our readers have expressed interest in an upgraded Switch. With a potential follow up to Breath of the Wild coming in 2020 as well, it could be a monster 1-2 punch for Nintendo to counter the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.