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The supposed listing was shared on social media, after French publication Centro – which previously leaked Pokémon’s Diamond and Pearl remakes before their official announcement – claimed it had verified a retail listing for a new Switch SKU, set to go live on Friday, June 4.
If accurate, the €399 price point would place the new Nintendo Switch at €100 more than the current model. Of course the price, along with the listing itself, could well be a placeholder unrelated to official product information.
However, according to a Bloomberg report published last week, fans won’t have to wait long before official news on the new Switch.
It claims the redesigned hardware will retail for over $299, replace the existing flagship model, and be announced ahead of E3 2021, which takes place from June 12-15, giving developers room to showcase games for the system at the all-digital show.
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”.
Nintendo reportedly declined to comment on the report.
Bloomberg wrote: “Suppliers are confident they can fulfill Nintendo’s orders despite the ongoing chip shortages. 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.”
The 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.