A recently-filed Nintendo patent has been discovered that refers to a dual-screen gaming device, that can be split in half.
However, instead of the clamshell design which saw the top screen fold in onto the bottom screen, this design sees the top screen face out, even when the machine is closed over.
The top and bottom parts of the machine would also be able to operate independently of each other.
While this may indicate some of Nintendo’s potential ideas for future devices, the company has a history of similar patents being filed and never coming to fruition.
Prior to the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, a patent was filed by the company showing a handheld games machine with a large oval screen, with analog sticks protruding through the screen.
According to VGC sources, the company has dispatched Switch 2 development kits to key partners, with a launch planned for the second half of 2024.
The platform holder also showed off tech demos for its Nintendo Switch successor behind closed doors at Gamescom in August, it’s understood.
The company recently reiterated that it plans to use its Nintendo Account system to help smooth the transition from Switch to its next gaming platform.
“In the past, every device we transitioned to had a whole new account system. Creating the Nintendo Account will allow us to communicate with our players if and when we make a transition to a new platform, to help ease that process or transition, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said.
“Our goal is to minimize the dip you typically see in the last year of one cycle and the beginning of another,” he continued. “I can’t speak to the possible features of a new platform, but the Nintendo Account is a strong basis for having that communication as we make the transition.”