Analyst predicts next-gen Nintendo console will arrive in 2024, no Switch Pro planned
The Nintendo Switch is five years old and continues to dominate the console market despite a pandemic and a shortage of semiconductors. But there is the question of whether Nintendo plans to introduce more powerful hardware (upgraded model/Switch Pro or successor) this year or later. Ultimately, some analysts believe it will indeed be a next-gen console and introduced much later than expected.
The switch remains the best dog
During an annual panel hosted by GameIndustry.biz, Ampere analyst Piers Harding-Rolls shared some of his predictions for Nintendo’s hardware for 2022 and beyond.
These include Switch sales figures, the possibility of a new console in 2024, and the impossibility of another Switch revision, namely the Switch Pro.
According to its predictions, Nintendo will maintain its lead in the console market this year with its Switch family of devices, mainly thanks to the Switch OLED model released last year. However, the current year could become “pretty flat” due to the drop in sales. The analyst believes that Nintendo will be able to generate at least 21 million additional sales during the year.
No Switch Pro
Now some bad news. Harding-Rolls does not predict the eventual inclusion of a Switch Pro model in the family of devices. Instead, consumers will have to wait for a next-gen successor to arrive in 2024.
“I don’t expect a Switch Pro in 2022,” he added. “We have a next-gen Nintendo console in our forecast for late 2024, so I’m not convinced a ‘Pro’ model will appear at all.”
The Professional Switch Analyst
Few people may know Piers Harding-Rolls, a longtime analyst at Ampere Analysis, a London-based market research firm. But it’s actually popular for having a proven track record in predicting key decisions made by several game companies, especially Nintendo.
Last year, he made some specific predictions regarding the Switch which included an updated model (Switch OLED) and that the Switch in general would become the best-selling console in 2021. So far, it seems the predictions of Harding-Rolls will be confirmed to move forward.
Nintendo doesn’t necessarily need a new Switch anytime soon even if sales were to stagnate this year and next.
Currently, Switch sales are approaching another milestone as they could overtake the Wii in global sales. This console sold approximately 102 million units worldwide, making it the fourth best-selling console in history. There are also some highly anticipated new titles coming later this year to consider. These include the sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”, “Bayonetta 3”, “Pokemon legends: Arceus” and many more. Therefore, 2022 is shaping up to be stellar for Nintendo and its family of Switch devices.
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