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Nintendo looks to be updating hardware for original Switch

A new filing shows that the processor and chip are being updated, but only for the base model that we're used to.

Over the last 24 hours there has been a lot of talk around the Nintendo Switch, as just yesterday the company revealed the handheld-only Switch Lite variant, but now a new report from The Verge indicates that they're updating the hardware in the base model too.

This information comes from a Federal Communications Commission filing submitted on July 9, which indicates that the Switch is getting a new chip and processor as part of a Class II Permission Change, which would mean tweaking the Switch without recertifying it entirely. This would involve changing the SoC (system on a chip, or the Nvidia Tegra processor), changing the NAND memory type (storage), and then altering the CPU board.

The Switch Lite is also getting a different chip layout that's more power-efficient, so it seems like Nintendo is reassessing its hardware two years after the release of the Switch in 2017. That said, we still don't know if a Pro variant is on the way, as these changes would just apply to new versions of the base Switch.

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