{That a} new Nintendo console in all probability is not too far off now does not appear to be a really far-fetched thought with the Swap in its seventh yr of life, and loads of proof of this has emerged over the previous few days and weeks, from Microsoft specifically, oddly sufficient.

As a part of its current trial in opposition to the FTC concerning its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the corporate talked about in court docket paperwork {that a} successor to the Nintendo Swap was anticipated to launch in 2024.

Elsewhere in the identical doc, Microsoft mentions Nintendo’s subsequent console once more, stating (web page 109) that it’s “contractually agreed to offer a model of name of Obligation to Nintendo for its Swap console and its upcoming console replace. In a footnote on web page 134, the corporate as soon as once more mentions its “dedication to name of Obligation accessible on an in-development Swap mannequin.

That is in reference to the truth that Microsoft has signed a legally binding settlement with Nintendo that can see the corporate launch new ones name of Obligation video games for Nintendo platforms with “full performance and equal content material” for the following 10 years.

Studies have beforehand stated that whereas improvement on Nintendo’s subsequent console is progressing effectively, it is unlikely to launch earlier than spring 2024 on the earliest.

In the meantime, the court docket just lately dominated in favor of Microsoft within the firm’s case in opposition to the FTC, whereas the latter’s attraction of the decision has additionally now been dismissed. Microsoft can be at the moment within the means of negotiating the phrases of its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard with the UK CMA, though the regulator just lately pushed again the deadline for its ultimate choice on the deal till August 29.


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