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Nintendo Switch Pro: Release date, price, specs and screen

The Nintendo Switch Pro could hit stores as soon as September/October this year according to a report from Bloomberg

Bloomberg suggests an official reveal could be imminent, as Nintendo could announce the new console ahead of E3 2021 on 12 June 2021 in order to allow publishers to showcase supported games during the annual event. 

The Nintendo Switch Pro is expected to replace the standard Switch and will likely be more expensive than the original $299/£279 price point. 

Upgrades include a new 7-inch OLED panel and a more powerful Nvidia silicon that will supposedly allow for a 4K resolution when docked to a TV.

For more details on the Nintendo Switch Pro, keep reading on and keep this page bookmarked for future updates. 

The Nintendo Switch Pro could arrive as soon as September or October according to Bloomberg

It’s possible that we could get an official reveal from Nintendo much sooner, with Bloomberg suggesting that the Switch Pro could be revealed before E3 2021 starts in June 2021.

The Nintendo Switch Pro is expected to be more expensive than the existing standard Switch, which had an RRP of $299.

However, instead of acting as more luxurious option like the PS4 Pro, the Switch Pro is expected to replace the standard Switch, with the latter being phased out. 

According to Bloomberg, the Nintendo Switch Pro could feature a more powerful Nvidia graphics chip to allow for 4K resolutions when docked to the TV. 

A new Nvidia chip could also allow the Switch Pro 2 to better handle demanding games, while also allowing for 4K resolutions in docked mode.

Unfortunately, early reports suggest the device’s own screen will still be limited to a 720p resolution, which means you won’t be getting a sharper image in handheld mode. 

We don’t see this being a major issue though, as high resolutions don’t make a significant impact on small screens. 

 

The Nintendo Switch has been tipped to feature a new 7-inch OLED panel, which is a jump up from the 5.5-inch LCD of the existing model. 

An OLED display would improve the contrast significantly, resulting in a more vivid picture quality. Some of the very best TV options currently have an OLED panel, demonstrating how highly regarded this technology is. 

OLED panels have also helped to improve battery efficiency, since pixels are turned off when displaying black colours. 

However, the resolution is expected to be capped at 720p for portable mode. This isn’t a major issue for a small screen, as the pixels are already dense enough for a sharp image, but it’s still disappointing that Nintendo didn’t at least push the resolution up to Full HD.

Legends Arceus

The Nintendo Switch Pro is expected to share the same library of games as the Switch Lite and standard Switch, although this isn’t confirmed. 

That said, Nintendo will likely launch some new games to take full advantage of the Switch Pro’s improved specs. 

Pokémon Legends: Arceus has already been tipped to be one of those titles, with the open-world format likely benefitting from increased performance power. 

Breath of the Wild 2 is also likely to highlight the strengths of the Switch Pro. A release date hasn’t been confirmed for this game, but we certainly wouldn’t rule out a 2021 launch.

More games are expected to be announced during E3 2021, so keep an eye on Trusted Reviews throughout June for the latest news. 

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