The February Nintendo Direct came and went with no reference to a new 'Super Switch' console, but that hasn't stopped the Nintendo rumour mill from churning out new details about the alleged Switch hardware upgrade.
With Sony and Microsoft releasing console capable of 4K/60 FPS gaming (and beyond), the Switch's specs are looking increasingly outdated. This could become a problem when third-party developers attempt to port their games over to the Nintendo console.
However, according to the latest rumours, the Nintendo console could see a huge boost in graphical power when the Switch Pro launches...
Latest Switch Pro rumours
Commenting on a ResetEra thread, insider Nate Drake has made some claims about the Nintendo Switch Pro console. "It has DLSS & it has 4K functionality," he said. "No reason to go deeper than that right now. That's enough to illustrate the device is a meaningful upgrade."
Currently, the Nintendo Switch supports 1080p when docked, and 720p when undocked. Based on the most recent rumours, a Switch Pro is expected to have a 1080p screen that can run in 4K when docked.
Nate Drake also spoke about the potential release date for the Nintendo Switch Pro. He is confident that it will be announced this year, but remains uncertain on the official release date. "A delay to 2022 would need to be communicated in the next few months, as dev kits and third-party partners begin to plan software for the device," he said.
What is DLSS?
DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling. Created by NVIDIA, DLSS is an image upscaling technology that can upscale low-resolution images to a high quality.
Considering the Nintendo Switch is not the most powerful console when compared to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, DLSS could allow Nintendo to target 4K resolutions without having to heavily upgrade the Switch's GPU.
As reported by Wccftech last year, a job listing for a Senior Embedded Graphics Engineer at NVIDIA sought an individual to "work on next-generation graphics & AI technologies for gaming consoles and AI edge devices", suggesting that NVIDIA is ready to integrate its DLSS technology in devices outside its own line of GPUs.
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