Switch 2? Nintendo says it won’t replace console for at least five years

Great news, Nintendo Switch owners! The gaming giant plans to extend the lifecycle of its ultra successful console beyond the next five years.

The Switch console will have been available an entire year on March 3, but Shigeru Miyamoto said the firm is already looking long into the future.

He wants to surpass the traditional lifespan Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo console generations, which typically last around 5-6 years before new hardware arrives.

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In an investor call (via GameSpot), the legendary Mario creator said: “When you think about what can be done with the Nintendo Switch as a device that can be taken on the go and that every person has in their hands to play, you realise it has many features not available on any other hardware to date.

“Nintendo also has a system in place whereby the software developers focus on these hardware features in their development efforts for the continuation of the Nintendo Switch business.

“Up until now, the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that life cycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that.”

The Switch isn’t the most powerful console in the world right now, by design, and that might work to Nintendo’s advantage in sustaining the lifespan.

Nintendo, and third-party developers have proved the gaming experiences alone are superseding the race for faster performance and lifelike 4K HDR graphics, in the eyes of some games.

A Switch for all

The Switch has already surpassed the Wii U’s lifetime sales after just ten months, but Miyamoto’s ambitions don’t stop at getting a console in every home.

He envisions a scenerio where Switch consoles are as common in homes as smartphones. He wants “every single person” to own one.

He says: “Our ultimate ambition is for a Nintendo Switch to be owned not just by every family, but by every single person.”

From there the company can “take for granted that everybody has a Nintendo Switch, then we can create new and very Nintendo genres of play, and Nintendo Switch can have a life apart from smart devices and other video game systems.”

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