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A new, more powerful Nintendo Switch is reportedly coming in 2021 (NTDOY)

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  • Nintendo is reportedly working on a new, more powerful version of the Nintendo Switch that could launch in 2021.
  • The new version of the wildly popular Nintendo console could be capable of outputting 4K visuals, a report in Bloomberg said, and come with increased processing power.
  • Rumors of a more powerful Nintendo Switch have popped up before, in early 2019. Those rumors also mentioned a smaller, more portable Switch — that eventually came to fruition as the Nintendo Switch Lite, seen above.
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Nintendo has a new, more powerful version of the Nintendo Switch in the works — and it could arrive as soon as next year, according to a new Bloomberg report.

The more powerful version of the Switch could potentially output visuals at a 4K resolution, like competing consoles from Microsoft and Sony, and would reportedly up the processing horsepower over the existing Switch models. 

The new Switch console, according to the report, would come alongside a slate of new games from Nintendo and third-party game makers.

Video game console makers, including Nintendo, are notorious for releasing new versions of existing consoles. The idea is simple: New versions of existing consoles could re-energize sales, and at the same time can potentially reduce hardware production costs.

Similarly, in releasing a more powerful version of an existing console, console makers can bolster horsepower without having to release an entirely new platform.

Such is the case with the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, for instance — both consoles offer sharper visuals and snappier load times, but are only intended to play standard PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games. Nintendo has done as much before, with the Nintendo DSi and New Nintendo 3DS consoles. 

That said, Nintendo hasn't officially announced any new versions of the Nintendo Switch, and representatives didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

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