That’s according to a new report by Bloomberg, which states that the redesigned hardware is expected to be announced ahead of next month’s E3 event on June 12, giving developers room to showcase games.
According to the publication’s sources, Nintendo will begin assembly of the new Switch as soon as July and release the console “in September or October”.
“Suppliers are confident they can fulfill Nintendo’s orders despite the ongoing chip shortages,” Bloomberg states. “Its production lines are better prepared for the potential component shake-up and the parts Nintendo is using are subject to less competition than those in its rivals’ more powerful consoles.”
Nintendo reportedly declined to comment on the latest report.
Nintendo‘s upcoming Switch hardware update – dubbed ‘Switch Pro’ by analysts – will reportedly feature Nvidia’s DLSS technology and an improved screen.
According to another recent Bloomberg report, ‘Switch Pro’ will include a new 7-inch Samsung OLED screen, as opposed to the 6.2-inch and 5.5-inch LCD screens of the current standard model and the Switch Lite respectively.
In a recent interview, Nintendo’s president provided an update on Switch hardware production, stating that the company had been able to secure enough semiconductors for “immediate” production.
“We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for switches,” he said. “However, in Japan and other countries, demand has been very strong since the beginning of the year, and there is a possibility of shortages at some retailers in the future.
“It is difficult to say how we will deal with this, but in some cases we may not be able to prepare enough for orders.”