According to the latest rumours, the cheaper Nintendo Switch model may be available in handheld mode only to drive down the price as much as possible. The expensive one will receive upgrade comparable to 3DS upon its New 3DS relaunch.
Earlier this week, a report from The Wall Street Journal revealed that Nintendo plan to release two new Switch models later this year.
The report suggested that the cheaper console will be made for casual gamers and it's seen as a successor to the ageing hand-held 3DS device. The flagship model, however, would come with enhanced features targeted at avid gamers, but still not as powerful as Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro.
The latest rumours from Eurogamer confirm the story from The Wall Street Journal, but also reveal some new details about the cheaper model.
According to Eurogamer's sources, who are close to Nintendo, the cheaper version is designed for an audience which uses the console in handheld mode only. This could mean that this particular Switch model won't support connection to TV screens or PC monitors.
"Nintendo is keen to recapture the 2DS value proposition. Similar to 2DS, the unit's design will be sturdier than the current Switch model in order to be kid-proof," it's written in the report.
Costs of the cheaper console will be driven down by removing several features like vibration but it's unknown if this means that Nintendo are removing Switch's HD Rumble or standard vibration.
As for the expensive version, Eurogamer's report states that the bump will be comparable to the one received by the 3DS upon its New 3DS relaunch and there is no suggestion that this model may remove the TV screen docking.
Nintendo responded to the reports by saying that they did not officially announce anything and that they won't comment on speculations and rumours.
All in all, it won't be long before Nintendo reveal their new consoles if the rumours are true, of course. The reports stated that both models could launch as early as this summer, which could open the door for a potential reveal at Nintendo Direct on E3 2019.