It’s hard to deny that the Nintendo Switch hasn’t been a hit since it’s release over a year and a half ago. I know very few people who don’t either already have a switch, or want one. That doesn’t mean it’s a perfect game console, though. Thankfully, there are rumors circulating that Nintendo is working on an updated Switch for 2019. Here is a basic list of what I want to see.
A new display
By far the two biggest complaints people tend to have with the Switch is its limited performance, and it’s display. It’s because of this, the biggest think I want to see in in the new hardware is an updated display. The Switch’s 720p LCD display is certainly more functional than beautiful. Colors look washed out, it doesn’t get too bright, and the resolution leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t need a 1440p OLED display on my switch, just a brighter one with more vibrant colors. A boost to 1080p isn’t required, but it never hearts. This is especially true when you consider that the Switch already outputs 1080p to your TV
The Switch regularly surprises me with how well it can handle Nintendo’s first party games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, many third party games don’t run nearly as well. Especially with games like Fortnite and Cities: Skylines on the console, even a slight performance bump would do wonders. If the Switch ever gets promised entertainment apps like Netflix, better performance may allow the refreshed Switch to handle 4K video playback. This might be dreaming a bit too big though.
The current switch has Bluetooth built in, however its function is limited to use with Nintendo’s own accessories such as the Joy-Cons and the Pro Controller. What I want to see is the ability to connect bluetooth headsets to the switch. When it was first released, it didn’t support any wireless headphones without some obscure workaround. Since then, Nintendo began allowing the use of some wireless headsets that use a dongle for their wireless connectivity. Opening up its bluetooth connectivity would open the door for a whole ecosystem of wireless headphones such as Apples AirPods.
Better build quality and materials
I know this is asking a bit much from Nintendo but I would love to see a Switch made of a metal such as Aluminum. To my knowledge, just about every hardware product they have ever released has been made primarily of plastic. Because of this, the switch tends to feel cheaper than other mobile devices. The Switch is closer to a tablet than a game console and I would love for it to be built like one. This would solve many of the fit and finish problems that plague Nintendo’s recent portable consoles.
Whether or not the new Switch has these features, it will remain a great console. Most of the complaints I have with the current hardware are only a problem when playing in handheld mode, and therefore only affect customers who use the Switch in that mode. Incorporating some of these changes might get more customers to play their switch outside the home.