On the 23rd of August, Nintendo filed a few requests with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) which is an independent agency of the United States government that regulates communications by television, wire, satellite, and cable across the United States. These changes are focussed on the Nintendo Switch’s innards, specifically the SoC (System-on-a-chip) and memory components. Due to these changes, Nintendo is also said to be changing the the CPU board too.
Nintendo has sent an official letter to the FFC for these changes. Here’s a part of it outlining the three aforementioned components:
“This is to request a Class II permissive change for FCC ID: BKEHAT002, originally granted on 04/18/2017 and all its permissive changes. We changed the following points from the original model.Change of SoC
Change of Memory
CPU Board is changed due to the above two components
The filings only point towards possible changes to the insides of the console and doesn’t detail anything about amendments to the look of the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo states:
“Since there is no change in shape of the enclosure and the component layout related to RF characteristics including the antenna between the original model and the new model, the SAR testing on the new model is not required and is waived.”
Understandably, it’s difficult not to think that a ‘Switch Pro’ or beefed up console is in the works, especially as Bloomberg reported on such potential happenings earlier this week. You can read more about that here.
As always, we will have to wait to hear from Nintendo itself regarding any new, exciting developments for the Switch family of consoles. With the wave of next-gen consoles looming, new technology being utilised by developers and an ever-evolving customer buying appetite, the assumption that Nintendo has something up its sleeve for us all isn’t too outlandish.