According to a new report, the Nintendo Switch Version 2.0 will not be happening until 2019. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo has no plans for a new version of the hybrid console to launch in 2018.

Instead, Nintendo is looking at increasing the Switch’s online features, as well as adding more peripherals to boost sales. The Nintendo Labo is a good example of this. The report goes on to say that Nintendo is looking to add more accessories that take advantage of the console’s USB-C port.

It is not unrealistic as to why Nintendo is taking this route to increase profits. Adding accessories and more online services can increase the margins. With the case of the Nintendo Labo, the company is just selling cardboard that you could buy and make yourself inexpensively.

In the past, Nintendo has not released major hardware updates for its home consoles within the first two years of their lifespans. Portable consoles are a different matter, with Nintendo previously launching revisions for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and the 3DS within two years. However, the Switch is a hybrid system between both a home and mobile system, so the update schedule is debatable.

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said that the Switch will have a longer life cycle than the previous consoles. “Up until now, the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that lifecycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that,” Kimishima said.

Currently, the Switch’s online features are free, but that is changing in September. Nintendo plans on rolling out the paid subscription plan, and has teased that the service will have “appealing benefits” to get people to sign up.

How does the Switch compare to previous units?

The Nintendo Switch launched a year ago this month, and it has gotten off to a great start. So far, it has sold 14.86 million units according to the latest count. In comparison, the Switch only needed 10 months to outsell the Wii U, which sold around 13.5 million units in the first year.

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Katie K
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Katie has been playing video games since she was about ten, starting out destroying her older brother at Jet Moto on the original PlayStation. Now she evolved to to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Katie is a student at Boise State University and a digital news producer for a local company. In her free time, you can find Katie inhaling coffee by the pot and playing Overwatch.