Analyst: Swap 2 could have an enormous 8-inch LCD display

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Enlarge / The 7″ display of the Swap OLED (prime) seen subsequent to the 6.2″ display of the unique Swap.

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Nintendo’s follow-up to the ageing Swap—which is broadly rumored to be aiming for launch later this yr—will sport an 8-inch LCD display. That is in response to Omdia analyst Hiroshi Hayase, who’s cited in a Bloomberg Information report targeted on the upcoming handheld’s potential results in the marketplace for “amusement shows” over the subsequent few years.

An 8-inch display (measured diagonally) would put the Swap 2 close to the intense higher finish of transportable gaming screens traditionally. Amongst mass-market gadgets, solely the lately launched PlayStation Portal (8-inch display) and Lenovo Legion Go (8.8-inch display) have damaged previous the 7-inch barrier for devoted gaming handhelds.

That stated, the 6.2-inch display on the unique Nintendo Swap additionally set transportable gaming data when it launched in 2017, simply surpassing the once-luxurious 5-inch display of 2011’s PlayStation Vita. The 2021 launch of the Swap OLED elevated the diagonal display measurement to 7 inches, a display measurement that has since turn into considerably normal on subsequent transportable gaming gadgets just like the Steam Deck and ROG Ally.

The Swap OLED achieved its display measurement enhance over the unique mannequin primarily by lowering the thickness of the black bezel surrounding the display itself. An 8-inch display on a Swap 2, however, would doubtless require the console’s bodily footprint to extend. At a regular HD side ratio, an 8-inch (diagonal) display would measure 7 inches (horizontal) by 3.9 inches (vertical), or a bit wider than a regular Swap with out Pleasure-Con’s hooked up (about 6.8 inches vast).

The 6.2-inch screen of the Switch seen alongside the 5.5-inch screen of the Switch Lite.
Enlarge / The 6.2-inch display of the Swap seen alongside the 5.5-inch display of the Swap Lite.

A possible return to an LCD display for the base-model Swap 2 may also be disappointing for gamers who’ve gotten used to the brighter colours and deeper distinction of the Swap OLED (or the lately launched Steam Deck OLED). However OLED screens price 20 to 25 % extra to provide than equally sized LCD screens within the smartphone market on common, in response to analyst experiences. And since the Sport Boy’s 1989 launch with a low-resolution black-and-white display, Nintendo has usually eschewed assist for one of the best show expertise out there in favor of reducing {hardware} prices (and client costs).

In November, Digital Foundry engaged in some knowledgeable hypothesis on the potential {hardware} energy of an upgraded Nvidia chip that it thinks is the “greatest candidate” to be used in a Swap follow-up. Stories from over the summer season recommend builders have been proven demos of the upcoming {hardware} supporting fashionable graphical results like ray tracing and DLSS.

Different experiences from later in the summertime recommend the brand new console will nonetheless embrace some kind of cartridge slot for bodily media. So far, although, Nintendo has supplied solely imprecise solutions as to whether the subsequent Swap will probably be backward-compatible with video games designed for the present mannequin.

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