I should clarify that I don’t think a Switch Pro is impossible or anything, just not viable from a business standpoint in the current environment.
I’m seeing people on Twitter claiming Nintendo will obviously make a Switch Pro using the Tegra Xavier or Orin. Which good for them, they looked at the Tegra Wikipedia page. But if they had looked up prices and specs, the base Xavier NX is still $400 at volume pricing and the added cores might not be accessible by software that wasn’t designed to use 2 more cores of a different CPU architecture and probably incremental improvement and the real powerful Xavier AGX is $1k with no volume pricing even available it seems with a 6 month lead time for manufacturing at the moment.
The Orin starts manufacturing next year, the specs don’t look finalized and it’s miles more powerful than the X1 from the specs we do know. But I’m skeptical it has a price tag that works for Nintendo and that a theoretical powerful switch with more cores, more RAM and ampere GPUs is still a viable handheld device with a price that works, acceptable battery life and size… seems iffy for a company that is having zero problems moving the various revisions of the base powered Switch.
Then I see the “6 3DS models” argument which falls flat for me because those were handhelds built with individual components that allowed for the better ARM CPUs and RAM be utilized a little more freely than the SoC which restricts more in the component area in return for flexibility in application.
Could a customized Xavier or Orin for Nintendo be manufactured? Sure. Would pairing it down to fit a price point that makes sense be much of an upgrade from the X1? In the end probably not. Will they just quietly make a new SKU with an X2 replacing the X1 as it ends production with no fanfair? Probably. Am I completely wrong? Also, probably.