Since the beginning of this year, there has been talk that Nintendo will release a new generation gaming console, the Switch 2, in the next 12 months. The current Switch debuted in March 2017 and has sold more than 132 million units, but is now noticeably outdated. Omdia analysts holdthat the device will receive a successor this year that is equipped with an 8-inch LCD display.
There is already a modification for the Nintendo Switch with a higher quality OLED display, so we can assume that the Japanese company will start updating the console to a simpler version. For Omdia analysts, the debut of the new Nintendo console is important in view of a possible doubling of shipments of small diagonal LCD panels for entertainment devices. According to their forecasts, they will rise from 12 million units last year to 26.6 million units this year and remain at a slightly lower level through 2027.
Last year, LCD display maker Sharp, controlled by Foxconn, admitted that it was already supplying a special component to one of the game console developers. Given Foxconn’s experience in contract assembly of Nintendo consoles, it’s not hard to guess this Japanese company at this Sharp customer. Nintendo representatives declined to comment on the related Bloomberg publication.
Many experts agree that it is high time for Nintendo to update the hardware of its hybrid gaming console, which can be used both portable and stationary. The form factor remains the same, but performance is expected to increase through the transition to a new hardware platform.