Nintendo simply introduced a smaller, cheaper model of the Change at this time, however the Change Lite might not be the one trick up Nintendo’s sleeves — the authentic Nintendo Change can also be getting a brand new processor and new flash storage chips, based on filings with the Federal Communications Fee (FCC). The brand new chips might imply fewer slowdowns, sooner load occasions, longer battery life, much less warmth… or maybe none of these items.
Nintendo submitted what’s referred to as a “Class II Permission Change” to the FCC, successfully a request to tweak an present gadget with out having to get the entire thing recertified on the market in america. And there, it vaguely lays out the modifications:
In case you’re unaware, “SoC” refers back to the Change’s system-on-chip, aka the Nvidia Tegra processor that accommodates its CPU and graphics, whereas “NAND reminiscence” is extra generally often called the flash storage you discover inside a solid-state drive.
You must know that we’re not speaking about the rumored Change Professional successor to the Nintendo Change, the one that might supposedly accompany the Change Lite introduced at this time. That is very clearly an replace to the unique mannequin (proper all the way down to the identical mannequin quantity) and Nintendo in all probability received’t say a factor, as a result of it doesn’t need individuals to fret whether or not they’re shopping for the Change with the marginally newer processor once they’re choosing one up at retail.
The online game trade has a protracted historical past of quietly swapping out parts like this, by the best way — and infrequently simply to chop prices as a result of newer chips are typically smaller and simpler to provide. However online game message boards typically get fairly enthusiastic about opening up consoles and on the lookout for new silicon as a result of typically it makes a noticeable distinction. Essentially the most well-known instance is maybe when the Xbox 360 tended to overheat and succumb to the “pink ring of loss of life,” however fashions with newer chips have been much better at resisting the problem. (My Jasper remains to be going robust.)
With the Change, it wouldn’t take a lot of an enchancment to make a distinction, given how the Change’s four-year-old Tegra X1 processor is barely sufficient to churn by way of among the system’s present titles. However there’s no telling till somebody will get their arms on the brand new mannequin and does a comparability.
That stated, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry coincidentally has a splendidly geeky article a few new Nvidia chip that might be the one featured right here. For what it’s price, Nintendo informed us the brand new Change Lite can have a extra power-efficient chip format with “barely” improved battery life, so it’d merely be that Nintendo’s standardizing by additionally utilizing these chips within the bigger authentic mannequin.