Will the next Nintendo console be backward compatible with Switch?
(Pocket-lint) – After shipping over 103 million units, the Switch is officially the best-selling games console in Nintendo’s history. However, that doesn’t mean the Japanese gaming giant isn’t looking forward to what might be next.
During a Q&A session with analyst and investment adviser David Gibson, the company hinted that it was planning a “next-gen device” and that it might be backwards compatible with the Nintendo Switch.
He posted some of Nintendo’s answers to his questions about his Twitter account. One addressed how the company could capitalize on the more than 100 million Switch users when a potential new console arrives: “We’re looking at how to expand and grow those 100 million ‘users, leading to a next-generation device,” he wrote.
While Gibson paraphrased for the tweet, he thinks it’s about backwards compatibility for the next machine.
Q) What do you think of the 98m compared to the next console?
A) In Switch’s 6th year and maintaining momentum, we’re looking at how to expand and grow those 100 million users, leading to a next-gen device (looks like the next device will be backwards compatible!) 7/
—David Gibson (@gibbogame) February 3, 2022
Don’t expect a full new concept anytime soon, as Nintendo also explained that the Switch is only mid-cycle.
Sure, that could be referring to a much-talked-about but delusional Switch Pro, but fellow analyst Ampere’s Piers Harding-Rolls has already poured cold water on a never-released Pro model: “We have a Nintendo console from next-gen in our forecast for late 2024, so I’m not at all convinced that a ‘Pro’ model is going to appear,” he told GamesIndustry.biz.
Written by Rik Henderson.