Nintendo has redesigned Switch consoles to be more energy efficient

Nintendo has confirmed that it has redesigned its Switch console to be more power efficient than the launch model.

During a recent financial presentation with investors, Nintendo shared information about its ongoing initiatives to become a greener and more climate-friendly company, saying it wants to “contribute to the global well-being of people, societies and the environment”.

Revealed as part of the “Environmental, Social, [and] Governance”, the gaming giant has confirmed that it is focusing on environmentally responsible decision-making in its office spaces as well as in its product development.

“With regard to the environment, we not only take energy and resource efficiency into consideration when designing products, but we also implement environmentally friendly initiatives such as resource conservation and reduction of CO2 emissions at every stage of manufacturing, transportation, sales and after-sales service,” Nintendo said during the presentation. “We are also moving forward with other initiatives, such as expanding the use of renewable energy and efficient use of resources.”

Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch. CREDIT: Alamy

The presentation went on to reveal that over the Switch’s lifetime, its power consumption has been reduced from 12w to 7w. This comes with an 18% reduction in Nintendo Switch packaging, meaning more units can be carried per shipment.

Elsewhere, Nintendo reiterated that it has no plans to increase the price of the Switch.

“Currently, there are no plans to increase the price of our hardware,” Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said.

“However, the yen has depreciated to an unexpected level for a long period of time, so we will be looking at that carefully when monitoring the situation going forward. It is true that for Japan in particular, hardware profitability has declined due to the prolonged depreciation of the yen. The way we perceive the effects of inflation and other factors remains unchanged”, he continued before adding “we will continue to monitor various factors of our sales of products”.

Earlier this year, Sony raised the cost of the PS5 in seven regions while Microsoft talked about a possible price increase when the time comes.

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