Rumors of a long-desired Nintendo Switch upgrade have been circulating for some time this week, Bloomberg announced that this amazing new switch may actually be coming soon.
This improved Switch will obviously have a 7-inch 720p OLED screen that can display 4K graphics when connected to a TV, according to the report. The OLED screen will be a major upgrade from the Switch’s LCD and Switch Lite and will likely provide deeper colors and darker blacks. And the 4K output would also be a big leap; right now, the current switch has a resolution of 1080p when connected to a TV.
Here is our list.
Better Joy-Cons (and more colors)
Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, while being a creative design that offers more ways to play the console and A convenient way to get two controllers in each box is to have the notoriously unreliable thumbs up, with many users reporting joystick drift problems over time. Nintendo has said little about what appears to be a widespread problem, but the company has introduced a free repair policy in 2019 for users who have problems. Nintendo also doesn’t use the launch of Switch Lite and the second revision of the current Switch to fix deviation issues, so they’re still going on – this could be another chance for Nintendo to fix it.
Other changes may simply make Joy-Cons better controllers. Placing a real D-pad on the left of the Joy-Con, like the D-pad on the Nintendo Switch Lite, can make platforming and fighting games much easier than messing up the current design of the left four-button Joy-Con. Slightly larger shoulder triggers can make it easier to hold the switch in your hands. And I’d really like more colors – maybe Nintendo could offer an Xbox Design Lab-like way to complete my Switch and its Joy-Cons when I buy it?
Bluetooth headset support
Using a Bluetooth headset with your Switch is surprisingly difficult: you need to purchase and plug a third-party Bluetooth adapter into the headphone jack, the console’s USB-C port, or the Switch’s docking station. (Although Joy-Cons uses Bluetooth, the Switch never came with Bluetooth audio support.)
The demand for Bluetooth audio has been so strong that a whole industry of third-party adapters has emerged – just look for Amazon’s Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Adapter to see some of the many offerings available. But even if you do buy, most of these keys protrude awkwardly from the console’s USB-C port, requiring you to remove them to charge, and some feel they can come off if you don’t look outside.
A naturally supported switch for Bluetooth headsets can be especially enjoyable to play in bed, no additional dongle or wired headphones are needed.
A feature similar to Quick Resume
We really liked the Quick Resume of the Xbox Series X / S, which allows you to switch between games without having to start them from scratch before returning to where you left off. We think that Switch would really benefit from such a feature, especially since there are so many games that you can enter in a few minutes at once. Imagine jumping from a visit to a friend Passing animals island to a Hades run to a quick duel in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, all without having to wait for the games to load every time – sounds great, right?
One Verge editor also really, would very much like not to have to find a record point in their JRPG every time their partner wants to sort their Passing animals Island.
The current Switch stand seemed like a good idea at first, but in practice it’s not as useful as we had hoped. It is small, unstable, just clicks at an angle and, terribly, breaks off quite easily (although it is easy to put back). This means that the stand works best on flat and stationary surfaces at just one angle – which wasn’t so great for many situations where we actually wanted to straighten the switch, like in an airplane or in the back seat of a car.
One thing many of us really want is for Nintendo to fix this with a larger Microsoft Surface-style stand. Not only would this make the console much more stable, but it can also be adjusted to many different viewing angles, which can be very convenient for things like the rear seat. Mario Kart competitions.
Glass screen and smaller frames
The current Switch has a plastic screen that scratches very easily – a lot Verge employees immediately hit cheap tempered glass protectors for the screen of their consoles to avoid permanent abrasions. Many of us are hoping Nintendo will add a glass screen to this new model, which is more scratch-resistant, so we don’t need to add our own.
We hope that the larger screen means that we will also see smaller frames, which will give the console a more first-class feel. The current Switch has giant black frames that reveal how much space could still being filled by screen. And if you’ve used the Nintendo Switch Lite, even though it has a smaller screen, the bezels aren’t as prominent either, making the smaller screen size of the Lite less obvious.
Switch’s current docking station works well enough – it gives the switch space to charge and helps the console connect to the TV – but we’d like more if it was smaller, had magnets to make the switch a little more secure and built-in Ethernet port, as connecting USB-A to an Ethernet cable internet adapter is an inconvenient solution.
Nintendo is not exactly known for easy-to-remember hardware names. This is the company that marked an entirely new generation of U-shaped consoles, released a handheld device called the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and released a smaller version of the Switch that can’t actually “switch” at all.
Although it seems likely that Nintendo will simply call it the “Switch Pro” or “Switch Plus” or perhaps the “Super Nintendo Switch” for entertainment, we decided to come up with a few names that Nintendo could throw in the trash right now:
- Nintendo Switch Max
- New Nintendo Switch i XL
- Nintendo Switch VII Remake Intergrade
- Nintendo Switch HD 2.8 Final Prologue 358/2 days χ[Chi] øø ™
- $ witch
- The SwitcherU
- 2 Nintendo 2 Switch
- Nintendo Swiitch
- Nimtenbo Swanch
- Nintendo Switch 3 (+ months between game releases)
The Nintendo Switch, which turns four this week, does not yet have a Netflix app. Maybe the added potential power of a 4K-activated switch means we’ll finally be able to watch Bridgerton.