Will Nintendo make a Switch Pro

4K gaming: Nintendo comments on the Switch Pro

The answer from the President of Nintendo of America was ambiguous, but previous leaks have made it clearer.

Shortly after the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, many speculated about an updated and therefore more powerful version of the platform. Recent rumors suggest that this “Pro” model could use DLSS 2.0 to bring the graphics up to 4K in games. This technology describes a kind of AI rendering and comes from Nvidia, which also manufacture the SoC of the switch.

In a new interview with Polygon, Doug Bowser, President of Nintendo of America, was asked about the rumored Switch Pro. First of all, of course, he confirmed that Nintendo always has an eye on the latest technology and is constantly weighing up which new developments could improve the game. He also mentioned how well the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite are currently selling. The great demand also resulted in another console cycle - all marketing BlaBla. But the next statement is really interesting

“First, the hardware form factor is obviously something - that you have a gaming system that you can play at home as a console and that you can play in handheld mode virtually anywhere - that's unique. But then the way we create games on the platform and the way partners create games on the platform is really important. Likewise, the experience you have while playing is very important.

So that's what we're going to rely on when we really get into the fifth year of the Nintendo Switch. And as Mr. Furukawa mentioned in his corporate governance briefing, we believe we are right in the middle of this life cycle on this platform. "

That doesn't really sound like a denial. It is usually not worth reading between the lines when making statements like this. A company like Nintendo will announce something when they're ready. But I have to make an exception for this interview.

No "no" to the Nintendo Switch Pro

The speculated Nintendo Switch Pro appeared at the American regulatory authority at the end of August 2020. In the accompanying letter, Nintendo mentions that nothing on the outside of the console would change and that no new SAR radiation measurement is necessary. So it would be the "same" switch, but with more power.

The “mid-life cycle” statement should also be carefully considered. It was around mid-life when Sony launched the PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft launched the Xbox One X. Neither has replaced the existing consoles, but has given 4K TV owners a better option.

Nintendo is more likely to introduce software-based upscaling on the Switch Pro. I think that we can expect a “Switch 4K” at the beginning of the year. This will not be a successor to the regular switch, but only an option for owners of a 4K TV - just like an AppleTV and an AppleTV 4K.

What do you think? Will Nintendo bring a Switch 4K soon or are they waiting three years for a full-fledged successor? Let us know in the comments!

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Source & images: Polygon via wccftech