The Nintendo Switch Lite was recently revealed after a whole bunch of speculation and to much fanfare from fans and future Switch owners. While this new cheaper version of the Switch is taking the spotlight, there is something Nintendo is doing under the radar to the original and current model of their console-handheld hybrid.
Just to be clear, this is not the rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro, this is in fact upgraded parts for the current, first version of the NIntendo Switch. According to filings made to the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the original Nintendo Switch is getting a new system-on-chip and a new NAND Memory type. These new parts account for a new CPU board for the system.
The system-on-chip refers to the Nvidia Tegra processor that the Nintendo Switch utilises, though there’s no additional information on what is the current processor being upgraded into. Same goes with the NAND Memory, or more commonly known as flash storage. Sadly, these upgrades have not been disclosed by Nintendo, so only time will tell if these secret upgrades actually improve the Nintendo Switch’s speed or performance.
Overall these slight upgrades are common in the world of video game consoles, most of the time it is just to stabilise the current hardware and futureproof them. With the basic Nintendo Switch already being 2 years old at this point, it’s nice to know that it won’t be phased out by faster and better hardware just yet.