Report: Cheaper Switch coming in June, ‘modest’ upgrade coming later

Nintendo will “likely” release a cheaper version of its Switch hybrid console sometime this June, according to a report from Bloomberg, corroborating previous reports about the company’s hardware plans.

Bloomberg didn’t specify a price point or what would differentiate the less expensive version of the Nintendo Switch from the current model. Nintendo sells the Switch for $299.99, the same price the console launched at in March 2017.

In addition to the cheaper Switch, Nintendo is also planning a “modest upgrade” for the existing model sometime this year, Bloomberg said, but specified that a “more powerful version” is not in development.

In October, The Wall Street Journal broke Nintendo’s plans to update the Switch hardware sometime in 2019. At the time, the Journal reported that Nintendo planned to update the system’s display with a higher-end screen. The Journal followed up that report in March with news of a cheaper hardware option.

Nintendo could unveil its cheaper Switch option at this year’s E3, which takes place in June. The company has one major release on the books that month, Super Mario Maker 2.

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