Although the big N has not yet released official information about the new Nintendo Switch, we know from the president of Nintendo America, Doug Bowser, that they are always “exploring and looking for new ways to adapt technology to create new gaming experiences.” what does it mean that it’s just a matter of time until we see a new model of said console.
The most interesting question we can ask ourselves is not when will we see that new Nintendo Switch, but how will that version be. In recent months we have seen numerous information that have a common denominator, and that is that they point directly to a model that we could consider as a “Pro” version of said console, that is, as a variant with improvements at the level of specifications, although this it does not mean that it has to be, necessarily, much more powerful.
A new leak has again pointed in that direction, and indicates that the new Nintendo Switch that prepares the big N has been in development for about two years, it will be equipped with an OLED screen and it will support resolution up to 4K “somehow.” It is clear that it does not make sense to offer that resolution on the screen of a portable console, so I think it is obvious that the same it will be limited to dock mode.
The new Nintendo Switch will support 4K resolution thanks to a new dock
This has been one of the most interesting data provided by this new leak, and that is that Nintendo theoretically does not plan to make major changes to the hardware of the new Nintendo Switch, beyond the OLED panel to which we have referred, something that makes a lot of sense, since it is necessary to maintain full compatibility with the games of the two current versions.
The most relevant change at the hardware level will be present in the dock of this console, which will be a totally new version, and which will be equipped with a Realtek chip capable of working with 4K UHD resolution. Regarding the SoC of the new Nintendo Switch, references have been found at the firmware level that point to a revision of the Tegra X1 that mounts the current console, but manufactured in an inferior process, which should improve working temperatures and autonomy.
It is still not clear to what extent this new Nintendo Switch could improve the raw performance compared to the current two versions (standard and Lite), but the thing is quite simple, since it all comes down to two options: it may considerably exceed both versions, and a situation similar to the one we experienced with the arrival of Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, which “improved” the games on the base consoles, may arise, or the difference may be minimal and that in the end everything revolves around rescaling in 4K.
The information we have shared with you has been published by one of the most important and reliable hackers of the moment, and has been obtained from data present in the official Nintendo firmware, so it has a remarkable value, although not definitive.
Before finishing I want to remind you that we have also seen information that indicates that this new Nintendo Switch could be a much more powerful console, thanks to the integration of a NVIDIA Tegra X1 + SoC, which would be based on the Turing architecture (or Ampere), and which would have specialized hardware to work with ray tracing and with the technology of DLSS 2.0 smart rescaling. If this is confirmed, that new console could mark a huge leap in terms of performance, and it would become a much more interesting option than the original model.