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Nintendo wants to ‘prolong the life cycle’ of the Switch beyond six years

Nintendo wants to ‘prolong the life cycle’ of the Switch beyond six years

For decades, the life span of a video game console has been more or less set in stone. Whether it’s a huge success like the Wii or the PS2, or a huge letdown like the Wii U, consoles typically have a shelf life of about six years before they’re replaced by the next big thing (give or take a year or two). But that rule might finally be broken this generation as console makers have found ways to update their consoles without replacing the hardware altogether.

Having only released the Switch last March, Nintendo has yet to even hint at the possibility of a “Switch 4K” or some equivalent upgrade, but the company did answer a few questions about the long-term prospects of the console in a recent investor Q&A. Needless to say, Nintendo believes that the hybrid console has legs.