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Nintendo Switch Pro Reveal Reportedly Coming Before E3

The base Switch will reportedly be slowly phased out and replaced by the upgraded Switch.
The base Switch will reportedly be slowly phased out and replaced by the upgraded Switch. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

The long-rumored upgraded version of the Nintendo will finally be revealed just ahead of E3 2021, according to a Bloomberg report. Manufacturing will begin as early as July, with a release set for September or October.

The new console, which Nintendo has yet to officially name publicly, is likely to cost more than its $299 predecessor. It will replace the standard Switch model over time, becoming the main Switch purchase option beside the Switch Lite.

Nintendo Switch Pro Reveal Reportedly Coming Before E3

Nintendo plans to reveal the new Switch ahead of E3 to allow game publishers to talk about everything they're working on for the console during the event itself. The reveal will also take place before Nintendo's own digital showcase, currently set for late in E3's tentative schedule.

E3 runs June 12-15, with a week of media access preceding those dates.

Nintendo has yet to comment on the report.

Previous reporting indicated the upgraded Switch would include a seven-inch 720p OLED screen and be capable of outputting 4K while docked.

Manufacturing the Switch has become more challenging for Nintendo because of semiconductor shortages that have affected several industries, including the manufacturing of the Switch's main console competition in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch has been able to avoid the more damaging shortages that its competitors have faced thanks to its use of different components.