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.
Doom eternal will probably hold out for this if it’s true.
Not good for current switch owners though if you’ve got to buy a new console!
Time will tell
It would only be an upgrade of the normal Switch, so any future games will still be playable on the original.
It will still work on previous models
U will just see a boost in performance for quite a few games tht are more CPU reliant.
I won’t mind as long as they allow you to sync up your data via your accounts like what XBOX Series X is planning on doing.
Provided Nintendo upgrades it’s Online service features that is.
Mmm This might be interesting.
Just sounds like updates to the components of the chip etc like that updated Switch from last year with better battery life rather than anything beefed up. The second paragraph basically states this. Hopefully this isn’t what those news outlets were talking about.
Changing the Soc could mean changing for a better chip or just updating the previous one. The second paragraph states there’s no change to the layout in regard to antenna components and no need to conduct radio frequency testing. So it could be something better or it could not be. This just verifies there’s something in the works.
Well I’m ready to change my beat up launch day switch so I’m hoping for an upgraded model. Hopefully they announce something soon.
Got to love the wording of “beefed up” <3
I do try (sometimes)
If this is true it means the GPU is the same which is good because having a better CPU can give a better level of performance.
The ram memory could be 6.
Could be doubled to 8gb . Rams these days are either 4, 8, 12 unless they have another slot for another ram.
“Understandably, it’s difficult not to think that a ‘Switch Pro’ or beefed up console is in the works” no, it’s not difficult. It’s not difficult at all. This is just another regular hardware revision. A beefed up Switch or Switch Pro woud DEFINITELY have a ” change in the component layout”. NO CHANGE IN THE COMPONENT LAYOUT = NO SWITCH PRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let a man dream pls