Rumours have been circling for a while that Nintendo are planning to release both a cheaper and more expensive model of the Switch console, and further rumours were swirling yesterday that the cheaper model could release by the end of June, with an announcement of the console slated for E3.
Well, according to Bloomberg, Ninty’s president Shuntaro Furukawa has finally broken his silence on the matter and seemingly flattened any hope of an announcement coming at E3. Speaking to reporters in Osaka, Furukawa is quoted as saying “As a general rule, we’re always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it, but we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.”
It’s important to note that Furukawa didn’t rule out the release of a cheaper Switch (or a more expensive one, for that matter), nor did he rule out a cheaper model being released by the end of June as rumoured. Nintendo has put more emphasis on their Nintendo Direct live stream presentations in recent times, and they’re often announced on very short notice, so they could realistically announce a new model of the Switch at any time.
The rumoured cheaper model of the Nintendo Switch is reported to be dropping a number of unnecessary functions from the console such as controller vibration, and there has been some mumblings that the dock functionality may be dropped as Nintendo try to aim the cheaper Switch as a direct replacement for the aging 3DS handheld console.