While gamers were told that a Nintendo Switch Pro was coming soon, nothing has yet to emerge.
E3 2021 has now passed by, and we only learnt about the software that is coming over the coming months.
Nintendo never officially revealed any plans for the Switch Pro, and much of what we know about the console remains linked to reports and rumours.
For now, we don’t know when such a reveal will take place and if a Nintendo Switch Pro will be available to buy in 2021.
But while Nintendo isn’t ready to talk about its future plans, they have provided a few comments regarding the Switch Pro console.
Speaking during the 81st Annual General Meeting on June 29, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa provided the latest update, telling investors:
“We conduct Nintendo Direct presentations to give our customers information about each product at the appropriate time. Our company is focused on continuing to provide the unique Nintendo sense of play, and will keep realizing that with our hardware and software.
“We believe this will grow the company. In order to do that, our company is always developing hardware, software, and accessories, but I will have to refrain from commenting on any specific products under development.”
The translation of the meeting comes from @Cheesemeister3k on Twitter, offering these other updates on the prospect of mini-consoles:
“Our company believes that gender and other forms of diversity are extremely important. As our business offers entertainment, our game development aims to bring smiles to everyone we reach.
“Although we can’t necessarily fulfill everyone’s desires with the various elements we have to decide on for each game spec, I appreciate your input on this matter.”
According to the latest rumours, the much-talked-about mid-generation upgrade for the Switch could in fact be getting a release date in 2022.
This is according to the Twitter account for the YouTube channel SwitchUp – which has 186,000 subscribers.
According to the YouTuber, a “reliable” source involved in the manufacture of Switch accessories has claimed the Switch Pro will not be releasing this year.
SwitchUp recently posted: “No Switch Pro in 2021. Reliable peripheral manufacturing source from China; working on products to be adapted for it. Says they’ve been told 2022 global market release. Let’s hope it’s wrong”.
The claims were highlighted and discussed in a post on the Reddit page, with some users thinking a 2022 release date seems likely and others still hopeful of a launch this year.
The Switch Pro is rumoured to be capable of 4K gaming in docked mode, have a better screen for crisper visuals when playing in handheld mode and come fitted with a beefier graphics chip.
But until we hear more from Nintendo, much of this will remain speculation in 2021, and possibly beyond.