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Activision Blizzard Briefed on Next Nintendo Console, Potential for Collaboration

Activision Blizzard has joined the ranks of third-party developers who have been given insight into the future of the Nintendo console. Internal emails obtained by The Verge reveal that the developer was briefed on the successor to the Nintendo Switch in late 2022. While the details in the emails are largely redacted, it is mentioned that the performance of the unnamed system, referred to as “Switch NG,” will be comparable to that of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

It remains unclear which specific models of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 the next Nintendo console will match in terms of performance. Previous generations of these consoles saw upgraded versions, such as the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro, which boasted improved hardware specifications.

Activision Blizzard, known for its successful titles on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, is optimistic about the potential of creating something compelling for the new Nintendo system. However, the developer acknowledges the need to secure early access to development hardware prototypes in order to prove their ideas early on.

This revelation is significant considering that back in December 2022, Microsoft made a commitment to bring Activision's Call of Duty games to Nintendo platforms over the next decade if it acquired the publisher. Activision Blizzard's CEO, Bobby Kotick, expressed regret during Microsoft's trial with the FTC for not seizing the opportunity to release the franchise on the Switch. Kotick mentioned that releasing Call of Duty games on a future Nintendo console could be possible if his company received detailed specifications.

While details about the upcoming Nintendo console are still scarce, reports suggest that it will be released in late 2024. Recent patent filings have indicated that the console's controllers may utilize magnetic fields, potentially resolving the stick drift issue that has plagued the current Switch model.


– The Verge