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Switch Pro release date news: Nintendo confirms that new hardware IS in development

The launch of a new and improved Nintendo Switch Pro is the rumour that won’t go away.

The Nintendo Switch Pro is tipped to have a late 2021 release date, which means an announcement should be coming soon.

Indeed, Nintendo has dropped the biggest hint yet that the improved console is in the works, after confirming that new hardware is in development.

“The Company will continue to focus on creating unique games, and in order to achieve this, we will continue to propose games using a dedicated game console with integrated hardware and software,” Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa told investors (via VGC).

Furukawa continued by saying that new hardware is constantly in development, which presumably includes the Switch Pro.

“We are constantly developing hardware, software, and dedicated peripherals, but we will refrain from commenting on specific products under development.”

Nintendo remains tight-lipped on the specifics, until its ready to make an official announcement.

If the console is pencilled in for a late 2021 release, then fans can expect a reveal this summer, most likely during a Nintendo Direct conference.

If the rumours are to be believed, the Nintendo Switch Pro will support 4K visuals when docked.

The handheld, meanwhile, will feature a bigger 7-inch OLED display for improved visuals.

According to a recent report on Spanish website Vandal, the Nintendo Switch Pro will make other useful improvements.

The handheld will reportedly feature a flap on the back on the device, similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Replacing the flimsy kickstand on the current Nintendo Switch, this should make the device much more stable when resting on a flat surface.

The dock will also be larger, and will feature an ethernet port for speedier internet connection, as well as a USB 3.0 port.

Finally, while the console will be a similar size to the current model, the display will reportedly be a bit bigger.

The suggestion is that Nintendo will remove (or at least reduce the size of) the bezels surrounding the screen.

Author: Liam Martin
This post originally appeared on Daily Express

Nintendo Switch Pro: Company on ‘appropriate time’ for new hardware reveals

While gamers were told that a Nintendo Switch Pro was coming soon, nothing has yet to emerge.

E3 2021 has now passed by, and we only learnt about the software that is coming over the coming months.

Nintendo never officially revealed any plans for the Switch Pro, and much of what we know about the console remains linked to reports and rumours.

For now, we don’t know when such a reveal will take place and if a Nintendo Switch Pro will be available to buy in 2021.

But while Nintendo isn’t ready to talk about its future plans, they have provided a few comments regarding the Switch Pro console.

Speaking during the 81st Annual General Meeting on June 29, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa provided the latest update, telling investors:

“We conduct Nintendo Direct presentations to give our customers information about each product at the appropriate time. Our company is focused on continuing to provide the unique Nintendo sense of play, and will keep realizing that with our hardware and software.

“We believe this will grow the company. In order to do that, our company is always developing hardware, software, and accessories, but I will have to refrain from commenting on any specific products under development.”

The translation of the meeting comes from @Cheesemeister3k on Twitter, offering these other updates on the prospect of mini-consoles:

“Our company believes that gender and other forms of diversity are extremely important. As our business offers entertainment, our game development aims to bring smiles to everyone we reach.

“Although we can’t necessarily fulfill everyone’s desires with the various elements we have to decide on for each game spec, I appreciate your input on this matter.”

According to the latest rumours, the much-talked-about mid-generation upgrade for the Switch could in fact be getting a release date in 2022.

This is according to the Twitter account for the YouTube channel SwitchUp – which has 186,000 subscribers.

According to the YouTuber, a “reliable” source involved in the manufacture of Switch accessories has claimed the Switch Pro will not be releasing this year.

SwitchUp recently posted: “No Switch Pro in 2021. Reliable peripheral manufacturing source from China; working on products to be adapted for it. Says they’ve been told 2022 global market release. Let’s hope it’s wrong”.

The claims were highlighted and discussed in a post on the Reddit page, with some users thinking a 2022 release date seems likely and others still hopeful of a launch this year.

The Switch Pro is rumoured to be capable of 4K gaming in docked mode, have a better screen for crisper visuals when playing in handheld mode and come fitted with a beefier graphics chip.

But until we hear more from Nintendo, much of this will remain speculation in 2021, and possibly beyond.

Author: Gary Jones
This post originally appeared on Daily Express

Windows 11 gaming: Superior graphics but only with the right TPM and hardware

While things are looky peachy for those hoping to use W11 for their next gaming projects, there will be some limitations.

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for current Windows 10 users, but Microsoft is changing some of its most basic hardware requirements.

Windows 11 is going to launch with support for 8th Gen and over Intel Core processors, which means there are plenty of people out there who won’t be able to run it or will see warning messages when trying to install it.

From what has been shared so far, Windows 10 users will be able to complete the installation process but will receive a warning regarding the lack of support.

A message from Microsoft covering compatibility adds: “There are new minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11.

“In order to run Windows 11, devices must meet the following specifications. Devices that do not meet the hard floor cannot be upgraded to Windows 11, and devices that meet the soft floor will receive a notification that upgrade is not advised.”

So even with Windows 11 being a free upgrade, many laptop users could find themselves struggling to upgrade and play games using the new features being planned.

Microsoft has already started to hype its new Windows 11 gaming experience, promising fans that there will be superior graphics and game support included.

A message from the tech giant released today, teases: “Games will look better than ever thanks to Auto HDR, a unique capability we’re offering with Windows 11 which automatically adds High Dynamic Range (HDR) enhancements to games built on DirectX 11 or higher that previously only leveraged Standard Dynamic Range (SDR).

“HDR allows a supported game to render a much wider range of brightness values and colors, giving an extra sense of richness and depth to the image.

“We introduced this tech in our Xbox Series X|S consoles and got an outstanding response from creators and players. We’re excited to bring this groundbreaking technology to Windows 11.

“Of course, even the best graphics and speed are nothing without games.

“That’s why we created Xbox Game Pass for PC, a membership which gives you access to a library of over 100 high-quality PC games across genres.

“Game Pass is built to bring the power of games to everyone. And with the Xbox app now built into Windows 11, access to Game Pass is easier than ever.

“The Game Pass library is incredible, and as we announced earlier this month, you can look forward to releases like Halo Infinite, Twelve Minutes, Age of Empires IV, and more this year.”

One big factor ruling what hardware runs W11 will be Microsoft’s policy that requires a TPM, A Trusted Platform Module.

With Windows 11, TPM will need to be enabled, meaning that you will need to find the option on your own laptop if it hasn’t been enabled.

You can check your own hardware by heading over to the official Microsoft site and downloading a Windows Health Checker App.

If your PC fails this test, you will see this message: “Your PC did not meet the needed requirements. You can continue to get Windows 10 updates5 6, or you can shop for a new Windows 10 PC that does meet the requirements.”

Expect more news and coverage regarding hardware requirements for Windows 11 as we get closer to launch, with Microsoft planning a release for around November 2021.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Switch Hardware Sales Beat Xbox Series X|S And PS5 Combined, Unsurprisingly

Switch Animal Crossing 2© Nintendo Life

Consumers have tried all sorts of tactics to successfully buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S – selling their souls to the devil, summoning circles, refreshing web pages as tears of frustration roll down their cheeks. It’s an arduous process due to the issues Sony and Microsoft have had with manufacturing.

The component shortage impacting the new consoles could also hit the Switch this year, though only time will tell in terms of Nintendo’s efforts to get hold of the materials it needs. Combining those factors with the impressive popularity of Switch, however, gives the impressive statistic that Nintendo’s hardware outsold all of the new consoles combined in the first quarter of this year.

That’s according to a report issued by Ampere Analysis, highlighting the Switch hardware sales through Q1 at 5.81 million, up 12% on the equivalent period in 2020. PlayStation 5’s two iterations sold 2.83 million in the same time, with Xbox Series X|S at 1.31 million for the same window. Considering the continually sold out status of PS5 and Xbox Series X (S is a little easier to find) it’s clear that Sony had the better run at sourcing manufacturing resources at the start of the year.

The report expects Switch to continue to outsell the new systems throughout this year, with its continuing popularity and the likely ongoing stock issues for PS5 / Xbox Series X|S.

In summary, the Switch is still doing rather well.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Hardware Review: 8BitDo Pro 2 – The Best Switch Pro Controller Rival Has Evolved

8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life

8BitDo has a long and enviable reputation when it comes to third-party accessories, having produced some of the best controllers we’ve seen in the past few years. A short while back it released the superb 8BitDo Pro+, a Switch Pro Controller rival that mixed the design language of the SNES and PlayStation pads to create one of the most comfortable and responsive interface options money could buy.

Fast forward to the present, the 8BitDo is releasing a new version of the pad. On the outside, it looks rather similar to the original, but it offers some significant upgrades over the previous model. The most obvious is the inclusion of two additional ‘paddle’ buttons on the back of the controller, located where your fingers ‘rest’. These can be programmed (more on that in a second) with custom inputs, giving you even more control over the in-game action (Hori’s excellent Split Pad has a similar feature).

Another big advantage the Pro 2 has over its older sibling is the ability to quickly toggle modes (Switch, Android, D-input, X-input) using a mechanical switch, rather than having to hold various buttons when powering the device on. This is handy because the Pro 2 can be used on other systems, such as your smartphone or PC.

8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life
8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life
8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life
8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life

The next big update relates to software rather than hardware. Like the original 8BitDo Pro+, this new model can be re-mapped and tinkered with using software – however, rather than having to be near a computer, you can now use the Android or iOS app on your smart device. As well as changing which button does what, you can adjust the sensitivity of the sticks and triggers (analogue trigger support is not present on Switch, though, for obvious reasons) and have multiple button and directional inputs mapped to a single button – so, for example, you could have the combination for Ryu’s fireball special move in Street Fighter II mapped to a single button press. You can create custom profiles for any configurations you cook up, and switch between them at the touch of a button.

Outside of those changes, the Pro 2 isn’t massively different from the original Pro+ – and that’s a good thing as the first model was (and still is) comfortable to use. A textured surface has been added to the underside of the pad, but that’s about the only other difference. Like the original Pro+, the 1000mAh Li-on rechargeable battery (20 play hours on a 4-hour charge) can be removed in the event of it refusing to hold any juice, which is good from a sustainability perspective – there’s no need to bin the entire pad when the battery dies. Rumble is included (not HD Rumble, however) and it has gyro support as well.

8bitDo Pro 2© 8bitDo

Should you upgrade if you already have the original 8BitDo Pro+? That’s a tricky question to answer, because while the improvements are welcome, it’s not like they radically change things. The ability to toggle between modes is fantastic, as the button combinations on the original pad were difficult to remember, while the gripper texture and additional paddles are genuinely decent improvements – as is the ability to re-map buttons via a smartphone rather than a computer. However, the ‘feel’ of the controller remains largely unchanged, and, like the Pro+, there’s no NFC support.

If you’ve yet to take the plunge and are looking for a decent Pro Controller replacement, then we’d heartily recommend this pad, though.

The 8BitDo Pro 2 launches on April 12th in North America and April 30th in Europe. Thanks to 8BtiDo for supplying the unit used in this review.

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