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The Nintendo Switch 2: Rumored Release Date, Price, Specs, and Backwards Compatibility

Nintendo's successful Nintendo Switch has become the third best-selling video game console of all time. However, Nintendo has a history of not waiting more than seven years between home console launches, and with the Switch launching in 2017, it's time for a new console. Here's everything we know so far about the Nintendo Switch 2.

According to reports and industry experts, the new Switch is expected to launch in the second half of 2024. Dr. Serkan Toto, a gaming industry consultant, believes Nintendo needs a new device to prevent further financial losses. A recent Nintendo Direct live stream also seemed to hint at the release date, with Luigi's Mansion 2 HD set to debut in summer 2024.

As for the price, rumors suggest that the Nintendo Switch 2 could retail for $399. According to a supposed insider, this price would work for the company in terms of profitability and audience appeal. Considering the advancements rumored for the Switch 2, such as an LCD display, it's plausible that the price could increase from the original Switch's $299 launch price.

In terms of specs, sources claim the Switch 2 will feature an LCD display instead of OLED to reduce costs. YouTuber RedGamingTech has detailed some specifications, including an 8-core Cortex-A78 CPU, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and DLSS support. This should allow the new console to achieve performance that is on par with the Xbox Series S.

Backwards compatibility is still uncertain, but there are hints that players may not have to leave their old Switch games behind. Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa mentioned that the Nintendo Account system allows for direct connections with customers, even on mobile devices. This suggests that users may be able to access their existing library on the new console.

Source: VGC, Nikkei Asia, Eurogamer