Nintendo Switch 2 handheld console: Magnetic Joy-Cons and 8-inch screen leaks

Nintendo Switch 2

According to recent reports, Nintendo’s highly anticipated successor to the popular Switch console dubbed the “Nintendo Switch 2,” is set to feature some notable upgrades and changes. Spanish gaming blog, Vandal, recently revealed information about the screen size and Joy-Cons controller of the Nintendo Switch 2. It is important to note that Vandal has a relatively good record of leaking information. The report turns out true or close to the truth in many cases. However, it is best to use this leak for reference purposes only.

Nintendo Switch 2

Larger Display

The Switch 2 handheld console will be equipped with an 8-inch LED display. This is one inch larger than the OLED display found in the current Switch model. However, the specific screen resolution is still unclear at this time.

Magnetic Joy-Con Controllers

One of the most significant changes to the Nintendo Switch 2 is the Joy-Con controllers. Instead of using the current rail-based design, the new Joy-Cons will feature a magnetic connection system. This change will likely make the controllers’ attachment and detachment more seamless and convenient for users. It’s worth noting that the Switch 2 will not support the Joy-Cons from the original Switch console. However, it will be compatible with the Pro Controller.

Nintendo Switch 2

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Graphics and Performance

The Switch 2 is rumoured to be based on Nvidia’s Ampere architecture, the same used in the company’s GeForce RTX 3000 series GPUs, and manufactured using an 8nm process. This could potentially provide a significant boost in graphics performance compared to the current Switch.

However, there is a wide range of rumours regarding the overall performance of the Switch 2. Some reports suggest it could be close to the capabilities of the PlayStation 4 or the Steam Deck. However, more optimistic predictions indicate it may be closer to the performance of the Xbox Series S in the best-case scenario.

Compatibility and Accessories

Some users are concerned about the potential lack of backwards compatibility with the original Switch’s games and accessories. While the Switch 2 will be compatible with the Pro Controller, it remains unclear whether it will support the existing Joy-Cons or other peripherals like the Ring Fit Adventure.

Release Date Delay

Sources indicate that Nintendo plans to postpone the release date of the Switch 2 to early 2025, to provide game developers with more time to enrich the console’s launch game lineup further. This delay is likely a strategic move to ensure a stronger software lineup at the time of release.


Overall, the leaked details about the Nintendo Switch 2 suggest that Nintendo is aiming to deliver a more powerful and refined handheld gaming experience, with a larger display and a more convenient controller design. However, the performance and compatibility aspects will be crucial factors for both new and existing Switch owners to consider when the console is officially unveiled.

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