The Nintendo Change is arguably the Kyoto firm’s finest console but, and is on monitor to change into its greatest, with the potential to even overtake the Wii in lifetime gross sales. Nonetheless, nothing’s excellent, and there is nonetheless loads of room to enhance on the unique Change, which is why we’re so excited by rumours that the Change 2 – or maybe Change Professional – is on the way in which.
Whereas we may be a while away from the announcement and subsequent launch of the Nintendo Change 2, there are already whispers on-line a couple of new console within the works, which a barely upgraded Change Professional mannequin more likely to arrive later in 2021 forward of a full Change sequel just a few years from now.
Right here, we talk about all there may be to know in regards to the Nintendo Change 2 together with a potential launch date window, the newest rumours and what we’d prefer to see from the next-gen console.
When will the Nintendo Change 2 be launched?
Nintendo Change 2 rumours have been popping up persistently because the unique Change first launched, which makes it arduous to place an excessive amount of inventory in any that tout particular dates.
The newest come from Bloomberg and Taiwan’s Financial Every day Information, every of which claims that an upgraded Change console is due in 2021. It is price noting although, that they don’t seem to be fairly constant – Bloomberg claims manufacturing will start in 2021 for a launch later this 12 months, whereas EDN as a substitute means that Nintendo has been constructing inventory in This fall 2020 for a launch early in 2021 – maybe to match the unique March launch date of the usual Change.
The declare was later reiterated by Bloomberg in a separate March 2021 report, claiming that Nintendo continues to be on monitor to launch the brand new console this 12 months.
Each recommend the brand new console can be supported by a powerful portfolio of latest video games, which considerably explains the corporate’s gentle 2020 slate. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 looks as if a believable launch, although we’ll even be conserving our fingers crossed for Metroid Prime 4.
That will nonetheless solely be 4 years on from the Change’s launch – not lengthy when it comes to console cycles – including to the sense that it will extra doubtless be an enhanced model of the Change with the identical core options, very similar to the Change Lite was a price range different, quite than a wholly new console or product line.
Nonetheless, on the flip facet, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa mentioned in February 2021 that there are not any plans to announce a brand new Change “anytime quickly”, suggesting that the rumoured launch window could possibly be inaccurate.
What could be new within the Change Professional?
Strong rumours on the Change 2/Professional’s particular options are frustratingly skinny on the bottom. The Bloomberg report cited above claims that Nintendo “has appeared into together with extra computing energy and 4K high-definition graphics,”.
Equally, the EDN report suggests the brand new Change can have “higher image high quality” – although not essentially 4K – and intriguingly claims it’s going to even be “extra interactive.” (Each quotes by way of Google Translate).
A later EDN report extra concretely claims that Nintendo is seeking to undertake a Mini LED panel provided by Taiwanese producer Innolux, which might assist drive higher picture high quality and improved battery life – little doubt each priorities for Nintendo’s upgraded Change.
One other Bloomberg report backs up expectations of higher-res graphics, quoting a number of nameless third-party recreation builders who declare that “Nintendo has requested them to make their video games 4K-ready.”
The newest report from Bloomberg, cited earlier, means that Nintendo is a Samsung-produced 7in 720p OLED panel for the upgraded console. That does not recommend 4K is not within the works although: it is doubtless the console will solely be capable to energy 4K experiences when docked, and the upgraded OLED panel ought to present a noticeable soar in high quality in comparison with the 6.2in LCD panel of the usual Change.
Different rumours are older. Switchbrew hackers dug into the 5.zero firmware replace that was pushed to Nintendo Change consoles in March 2018, and located one thing fascinating; references to know-how not included within the present console.
Within the 5.zero firmware, references to a brand new T214 chip (which, because the identify suggests, is a small enchancment on the present T210 chipset) had been found alongside references to an up to date PCB (Print Circuit Board) and upgraded RAM, 8GB up from the present 4GB.
Nintendo is next-gen designs too. As picked up by Polygon, Nintendo filed for an fascinating Pleasure-Con-related patent in Japan, and it seems to be prefer it’ll deal with a stress level of the present Change. That stress level is consolation over lengthy intervals in handheld mode, and hardcore Change avid gamers will know what we’re speaking about right here.
Nintendo appears to concentrate on the difficulty, and appears to repair it with upgraded, flexible Pleasure-Cons. As seen within the beneath picture from the patent, the brand new prime third of every Pleasure-Con can bend, which ought to enhance ergonomics over lengthy intervals of play. After all, this is not affirmation that these up to date Pleasure-Cons will ever hit the market, nevertheless it’s good to see Nintendo actively engaged on enhancements.
What we wish to see from the Nintendo Change 2
There will not be a lot data on-line in regards to the Nintendo Change 2, however that hasn’t stopped us from occupied with what we’d wish to see from the next-gen console. After just a few years with the first-gen console, listed here are the most important modifications that we’d prefer to see within the Nintendo Change 2.
Larger decision show
One of many greatest drawbacks of the Nintendo Change is the 720p show; positive, the console can output in full 1080p HD when linked to a TV, however in a day and age the place there are 4K smartphones available on the market, certainly Nintendo may’ve bumped it as much as no less than 1080p?
We’d love for the Nintendo Change 2 to come back with a 1080p show and 4K TV output to actually showcase how wonderful Change video games like Zelda: BotW and Tremendous Mario Odyssey look when taking part in on-the-go – one of many highlights of the transportable console.
Then once more, there’s a stability between battery life and show high quality, which leads us to our subsequent level…
Higher battery life
The battery life on the Nintendo Change isn’t dangerous by any means, particularly when in comparison with gaming laptops, nevertheless it may at all times be higher. There’s a plethora of nice Nintendo Change energy banks and useful equipment that’ll prolong the battery lifetime of the console, however these come at a value; they’re heavy and hulking, and in the event that they don’t connect on to the console, it’s one other accent to hold round.
2019 introduced a mildly up to date model of the Change with small enhancements to battery life, however we would prefer to see one thing extra substantial within the Change Professional. Are we being too grasping by asking for 10 hours of play on a single cost? We don’t suppose so.
Oh, and we’d like to see the introduction of fast-charge know-how to hurry up the recharge time and permit forgetful avid gamers to offer the console a fast top-up earlier than heading out.
Bigger on-device storage
The Nintendo Change comes with 4GB of built-in storage, expandable by way of microSD card. That’s sufficient for one, or perhaps two Change video games at a push, and is way from the 500GB and 1TB capacities provided by the PS4 and Xbox One.
We’d like to see extra storage accessible on the Change 2 – perhaps not as a lot as 1TB, however 128 and even 256GB is not unreasonable. This may permit avid gamers to retailer a big library of video games with out having to put money into a microSD card, which is basically required with the first-gen Change.
With storage costs dropping day-after-day, we don’t see this as a lot of an ask, particularly by the point the console seems in just a few years’ time.
In addition to bigger storage, we’d prefer to see an enormous enchancment when it comes to graphical output. The principle disadvantage of the Nintendo Change is that it isn’t highly effective sufficient to deal with a number of the greatest, finest video games accessible – and people who do make it to the console often seem later than on different platforms. We think about this partially because of the time it takes to correctly optimise the sport for the comparatively low-powered console.
The Change is powered by the 5-year-old Nvidia Tegra X1, and cell processing has come on a good distance since that chip was developed. It is about time Nintendo packed extra highly effective silicon into the Change Professional.
A bump in graphical energy would convey extra high-end video games to the console, pace up Change releases and customarily make the video games look higher, making it extra enticing to a bigger viewers. Who doesn’t need that?
Bluetooth headset help
That is only a high quality of life request, however an essential one: Bluetooth help. Telephones hardly ever include headphone jacks any extra, driving increasingly more of us in the direction of wi-fi headphones…which we won’t use with our Change except we purchase a further third-party adapter.
The Change already contains Bluetooth tech for the Pleasure-Con, Nintendo simply must let the console use it for audio too.