Bloomberg has a brand new report from Omdia analyst Hiroshi Hayase which means that Nintendo’s subsequent console — let’s name it Swap 2 for now — will launch this yr, and have an 8-inch LCD display screen.
The Swap 2’s 2024 launch window isn’t but confirmed, however it’s extensively anticipated. That it’ll have an LCD display screen — much like the bottom mannequin Swap, and a downgrade from the attractive OLED Swap mannequin — has already been reported. In 2023, Sharp mentioned it was supplying LCD panels to the maker of an upcoming console.
However the vital new element right here is the dimensions of the display screen. As a result of, in the case of handheld video games consoles, Eight inches is large.
For comparability, the Swap Lite has a 5.5-inch display screen; the unique Swap mannequin’s display screen is 6.2 inches; and the OLED Swap has a 7-inch display screen. A base mannequin Steam Deck additionally has a 7-inch display screen, and Steam Deck OLED’s display screen is 7.four inches.
So, Eight inches is an opulent quantity of display screen actual property for a handheld console. However it additionally means that the shape issue for the console itself goes to be noticeably bigger.
As a result of the unique Swap had a large, black bezel across the display screen, Nintendo was in a position to dramatically improve the dimensions of the display screen for the OLED mannequin by lowering the width of the bezel and pushing the sting of the display screen nearer to the sting of the unit.
Even when Nintendo might scale back the width of the bezel additional, there merely isn’t sufficient house to suit an 8-inch display screen on the present Swap type issue (which measures about 7.5 inches diagonally). It sounds as if Swap 2 goes to be a little bit of a monster.
Nintendo has but to publicly verify the existence of its subsequent console, not to mention say something about it. A full reveal this summer season appears seemingly, though it’s attainable Nintendo will make some form of primary announcement sooner than that: earlier than its monetary yr involves an finish in March, so as to calm buyers.