As the years go on, the sheen of just-released video game consoles starts to dull as the machines begin showing their age. What’s needed to keep consumer interest going strong is a refresh, and that's exactly what consoles often get. The latest to do so is the Nintendo Switch.

Rumors of an expected Switch update — unofficially-officially nicknamed the "Switch Pro” — swirled. In August 2020, Bloomberg reported that Nintendo planned to release an upgraded Switch (plus a slew of new games) the following year.

"The specifications of the new machine have yet to be finalized, though the Kyoto-based company has looked into including more computing power and 4K high-definition graphics," Bloomberg wrote at the time. In March 2021, the publication followed up on its original report, adding that the Switch upgrade would have a larger OLED screen and the ability to output 4K when docked thanks to a new Nvidia chip. Yet another Bloomberg report in May stated that Nintendo might unveil the new Switch before June’s virtual E3 gaming expo — a prediction that did not come to pass.