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Digital Foundry - In Theory: Can A Switch Hardware Revision Extend Its Lifespan?

'New Switch', anyone? Nintendo has a history of hardware upgrades and with the firm planning for the Switch generation to stretch beyond 2021, it's going to have to compete with next-gen Sony and Microsoft consoles. Rich discusses the options open to Nintendo and why we are indeed likely to see revised hardware at some point.

Categories: Media, Consoles
Tags: switch

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berrix
Mon Mar 12 18 03:38pm
Rating: 3

"Can the Switch extend it's life by-"
We're not even surface level into its second year and this alone sounds like they dismissed it entirely with all of its success so far.

It's bound to happen. They have to have a beefier one some day.

berrix
Mon Mar 12 18 03:38pm
Rating: 3

"Can the Switch extend it's life by-"
We're not even surface level into its second year and this alone sounds like they dismissed it entirely with all of its success so far.

Yeah, there's like zero signs of slowing down now either.

lionk
Mon Mar 12 18 05:47pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

This guy has been doing his homework O_o So much info here about chip specifics. Upgrade might happen .. DSi was an upgrade from DS and new 3DS from 3DS original. So yeah it might happen, I guess..

I don't really care though.. I just don't like the 5 year console cycle anymore. Just dropping support and stop doing anything with 14 million Wii U's, 101 million Wii's, 22 million Gamecubes, 33 million N64's, 50 million Super Nintendo's, 62 million NES's, 154 million Nintendo DS's, 119 million Game Boy's... I mean support for all those machines where just cut off, mostly to market and bring another hot selling machine to the market.

Don't get me wrong I like Nintendo consoles, but I kinda can't do this anymore, and I just couldn't Switch. It would be a whole lot better if there'd still be support to all these platforms. Maybe bring support for indie developers to release new games to these great consoles? And all these millions of machines would still have there original value if Nintendo was a little more responsible to the longer life cycle of these machines. Who else would go search the marketplace for a nice Gamecube if Nintendo were to release a true sequel to The Wind Waker on it? I know many will, so it is all just a matter of support or not.

The way I see it, the rivers of technology are already flooding the place as we speak. And our planet is having a very though time with it, so it could be time for a different approach. Of course this is not only about Nintendo.. We might just need to change a few habits. I mean come on who really needs a new phone every year or two?

virtualfey
Mon Mar 12 18 06:17pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Don’t want support of your gaming machine to cease every 5 years? You want a PC.

Who else would go search the marketplace for a nice Gamecube if Nintendo were to release a true sequel to The Wind Waker on it? I know many will, so it is all just a matter of support or not.

Are you serious?

They shouldn’t bother releasing the next Star Wars on Blu-Ray or Netflix....put it out on VHS! Or a better comparison to Gamecube would be Beta-max! (Or are you too young to know what these ancient formats are? Your misunderstanding of economics and markets suggests so)

lionk
Mon Mar 12 18 07:26pm
(Updated 4 times)

If there where actual good movies made, and they would be only on VHS, I'd go find me one of those old machines.

This is not quite the same though. As every system of Nintendo represents a pillar in the evolution of video games. And even the style of the old pillars are still chosen by modern creative game developers. Besides that the newest pillar of technology are often mostly only fully used by massive multi million software developers.

What I meant to say there is still room for smaller productions on the older pillars. We could still be playing new Super Nintendo games if it was not cut off. That said though, it would be also pretty exciting to see what a bigger modern development team would create within the restrictions of these older styles. I'd like to see a modern Zelda game on the Game Boy.

What would the Zelda team come up with if it would have to bring this franchise to new heights on older technology? This would be really interesting to see. The focus would not be on showing off these newly grown tech muscles. The focus could now be hardcore on growing creative muscles, and writing a true story, and getting the gameplay the best as it could be, and having truly great musical compositions. Also it could be that because of the limitations, the game developing experience as a whole can be overseen better again. There could perfectly be a space for new surprisingly great and well balanced videogames I'm certain about that. Look at it this way.. Just a pencil and a piece of paper can still lead to a great piece of art, or a truly captivating story.. We don't really need new technology for that.

I guess it would just be nice if all these machines where still open to develop for.. A bit like how we still can write completely new music and play it on our older 17th century musical instruments. So yeah, I think it would be nice if a company like Nintendo once in a while would give its all to raise the bar of these older pillars once more. Of course there will be new projects for the newest pillar as well, but raising the technology bar doesn't necessarily mean better games. Looking at a digital painting does not necessarily give us a better experience then looking at some interesting cave drawings.

lionk
Mon Mar 12 18 10:26pm
(Updated 2 times)

Oh I was just thinking, it might be not so great to go back and do create new plastic cartridges with a chip for every single game. So it might be a good option if Nintendo would release just one more cartridge for every system that could be connected with USB to transfer newly made games to the old system. And for the disk base systems an app would be nice with witch we could in time download and burn Skyward Sword 2 to a rewritable DVD.. This kind of support would have been nice for the afterlife of a console as there would still be a possibility for people to use these consoles as a creative medium.

Nintendo expanded the life of the 3DS with the NEW 3DS so it doesn't take a genius to imagine that it would be possible to release a sort of NEW Switch down the line, on which the older games could run slightly better at the very least and on which newer games could potentially run at higher resolutions or frame rates, without completely abandoning people stuck with older models, just like they did with the older models of 3DS which for the record are still being supported today.

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