More and more information is coming to light about the “Switch 2,” the successor to Nintendo’s popular console, whose official name we have yet to discover. It turns out that according to Activision, the new hardware is comparable in power to the 8th generation consoles, namely the PS4 and Xbox One.
The source of this news is documents made public as part of the FTC lawsuit against Microsoft. Many details in these documents are classified, but The Verge has uncovered a few juicy tidbits. We learn that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick met with Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa at the end of 2022. The topic of discussion was the successor to the Switch.
After the meeting, a document titled “NG Switch Draft.pdf” was prepared, with NG standing for “next generation.” It was in this document that Chris Schnakenberg, Activision’s head of platform strategy and partner relations, suggested in internal emails that in terms of power, the next Switch is closer to the PS4 and Xbox One than to the latest consoles.
The actual performance of the Switch 2 remains a mystery for now. Activision speaks of power similar to the PS4 and Xbox One, but lucky individuals who saw a console demo at Gamescom in August mention graphics on par with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. This seems contradictory, but during the demonstration, resolution scaling techniques were used to enhance the graphics and make them more attractive.
There is an increasing number of voices online convinced that the Nintendo Switch 2 will debut in 2024, and it seems that this may be true.