With Nintendo’s successor to the immensely-popular Switch console widely believed to be launching at some point this year, we’re no doubt going to see more and more reports and “leaks” concerning the device, especially those coming out of the manufacturing and analytical research.
One such example comes out of analyst firm Omdia, as reported by Bloomberg, with claims that Nintendo is preparing manufacture of 8-inch LCD screens for the “Switch 2” and will be responsible for a doubling of “amusement displays” in 2024 – implying that Nintendo is preparing to have a huge amount of stock ready for launch in 2024. That hopefully means we won’t see the stock shortages and rampant scalping activity of the PS5 launch.
An 8-inch display is obviously a pretty big upgrade over the regular Switch’s 6.2″ panel or even the Switch OLED’s 7″ screen. Naturally, the idea of an LCD display on the shiny new console versus the excellent OLED on the upgraded version of the Switch has some folks concerned, but if the PlayStation Portal’s excellent 8″ LCD is anything to go by there’s probably not too much cause for concern. The size alone will be a massive upgrade and a great way to show off what will hopefully be the Switch 2’s cutting-edge graphical capabilities. Or at least, like, grazing-edge?
The bigger screen will also hopefully be utilised for playing backwards-compatible Switch games on the new console. Nintendo of America’s president, Doug Bowser, has been quoted as saying, “Our goal is to minimise the dip you typically see in the last year of one cycle and the beginning of another. I can’t speak to the possible features of a new platform, but the Nintendo Account is a strong basis for having that communication as we make the transition,” so hopefully that bodes well for punters being able to carry across their existing library to the new device.