The Nintendo Switch isn’t even out yet, but that hasn’t stopped some from wondering about the console’s long-term future. With Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One already far outclassing the Switch in terms of hardware power and the gap only liken to widen further as those companies continue to release updated versions of their systems, there has been concern that it won’t take long for the Switch to look positively outdated when compared to its competitors.
In a recent Time interview, Nintendo director Shinya Takahashi and Switch producer Yoshaki Koizumi addressed this concern and discussed whether the Switch could see hardware revisions down the road, much like the Nintendo DS and 3DS systems received. Here’s what they had to say:
“I think we may see that people who have bought a Nintendo home console in the past traditionally, they may treat Switch like a home console and buy it and use it for a long period of time,” Takahashi said.
“Whereas people who have been traditionally Nintendo handheld gamers,” he continued, “they may buy Nintendo Switch and then for example, if a new version were to come out later, then maybe they would decide to upgrade to that.”
It seems that Nintendo hasn’t ruled out the possibility of upgrading the Switch platform if they feel it’s needed. For context, the original DS was updated three times over the course of its life cycle with the release of the Nintendo DS Lite, the DSi, and DSi XL, while the 3DS has also received multiple revisions, including the 2DS and New 3DS.
Takahashi also pointed to the detachable Joy-Cons as something that could be updated down the road, suggesting that the ability to take them off the system “leaves open the possibility of something else that might get attached,” although he did not elaborate any further on what such a peripheral might look like.
The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3.