A few days ago Nintendo announced the release of the new model Nintendo Switch Lite which reduced the console’s size, increased battery life and knocked around $100 dollars off of the price compared to the original model. While another version was also rumored to be announced around the same time, we have yet to hear anything about any Nintendo Switch Pro. However, according to a letter from Nintendo to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), the Japanese game’s manufacturer may be making some changes to the hardware of the original model Switch.
The new hardware changes include a new SoC (system on a chip) to replace the current Nvidia Tegra which handles both CPU and GPU duties, as well as new NAND memory, which is the solid-state flash memory of the machine. As well as the two changes mentioned above there will also be some minor revisions made to the motherboard to allow the new chips to work correctly. The new chips being used in the Switch haven’t been mentioned, but potentially they could help to reduce the slow-down and frame rate drops which plague certain releases on the Switch. It is worth noting this won’t be the long-rumored Switch Pro or any major overhaul to the system.
Minor hardware revisions have been a thing in the games industry for a long time. The Xbox 360 changed certain parts during its lifetime to help combat the dreaded ‘red ring of death’ which plagued it, and the original PlayStation had several revisions to help improve graphics and reduce the overall cost of production. Hopefully we will soon find out what sort of new chips we can expect from the original model Switch, but for now, Nintendo is keeping quiet about the whole thing.
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