Analyst says Nintendo Switch 2 will launch this year, feature 8-inch LCD

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What just happened? Not for the first time, reports are pointing to this year being the one where we finally see a successor to the Nintendo Switch. According to Omdia analyst Hiroshi Hayase, the next-gen console will feature an 8-inch LCD screen rather than an OLED as standard.

Hayase's research focuses on small and medium displays, basing annual forecasts on checks with companies in the supply chain, writes Bloomberg. The analyst claims that Nintendo will be "responsible for a doubling in shipments of so-called amusement displays in 2024"

Reports that the Switch 2 will have an 8-inch LCD line up with Sharp's admission in May 2023 that it was making LCDs for a new gaming console. Sharp Chief Executive Officer Robert Wu said his company has been working closely with an unnamed firm on developing a gaming console since it was in the R&D phase.

Sharp has worked with Nintendo in the past, including providing LCDs for DS consoles and helping assemble the Switch.

The standard Switch screen measures 6.2 inches, while the OLED variant is 7 inches. With an 8-inch screen, the Switch 2's display would be larger than that of the Steam Deck, ROG Ally, and most other handheld gaming PCs, except for the Legion Go, which boasts an 8.8-inch display.

Earlier this month, it was reported that hundreds of developers are now working on Switch 2 games, further pointing towards a 2024 launch. A more precise release window is unknown, but don't be surprised if the new console lands somewhere around the holiday season.

Nintendo opting for an LCD rather than OLED screen will likely disappoint some gamers, but it means the Switch 2 will be cheaper at a time when people are still being conservative with their spending. And as with the current Switch, there will undoubtedly be a future OLED version.

It's been seven years since the Switch launched, and its internals are showing their age. The successor is rumored to pack Nvidia's Tegra T239, which uses Ampere-based graphics architecture, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, improved battery life, and support for DLSS 2 and FSR 3 upscaling tech.

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Ugh just release both and for the people that want to spend more can buy the oled. I know I would. Sounds like Nintendo wants people to double dip… yet again…
 
The only thing I am interested in hearing: it is fully backwards compatible with switch software and purchases. If it is, day 2 buy. If it isnt, I'll buy one 4-5 years from now, if ever.
 
I don't think I've ever used my switch in portable mode. Give me a true console switch with upgraded graphics. Actually, I don't even want upgraded graphics, just give me anti-aliasing.
 
I'll get excited once Nintendo announces it. There have been rumors the Switch 2 is coming soon for years now.
 
Ugh just release both and for the people that want to spend more can buy the oled. I know I would. Sounds like Nintendo wants people to double dip… yet again…
why would they do that when gullible gamers proved they will buy the same thing twice?

gamers made their beds with terrible money choices now they gotta sleep in it.
 
Ugh just release both and for the people that want to spend more can buy the oled. I know I would. Sounds like Nintendo wants people to double dip… yet again…
Lol, they are still getting people to continually dip back in for the games made in the late 80s, except with the most recent generation you get to pay a subscription instead of the one-time purchase on the newest console.

Don't get me wrong, they are genius for continuing to milk the consumer without any push back.
 
OLED is like an RMA nightmare for any companies. I am surprised they even offered a switch with an OLED display.
 
Dear Nintendo,

8.4" screen with reasonably modern specs and perfect backward compatibility? Yes please!! I could care less if it's OLED, IPS is very good these days. But hell yes, bring it on!

 
I am sad for the new owners of Switch consoles. Not sure what Nintendo's plans are for the current console after it launches a new console. I hope they don't regret their purchase.
 
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