Nintendo Switch Pro with OLED display and 4K in the dock

Renewed evidence of a Nintendo Switch Pro with OLED display and 4K resolution in the dock | Image: Nintendo

The analysis of the Nintendo Switch firmware reveals clues after work has already been carried out on a Switch Pro with an OLED display and 4K resolution in the dock.

The firmware of the Nintendo Switch not only ensures that hardware and software run smoothly, but hints of future features as well as canceled or under development projects are always hidden in the depths of the data jungle. A Dataminer with the pseudonym SicresM obtained information on a not yet announced “Nintendo Switch Pro” through an analysis of the latest firmware. The console is to be developed under the project name “Aula” and, depending on the usage scenario (mobile or as a local console in the dock), offers advantages over the currently available variant.

4K resolution in dock mode

A new processor from Realtek, the one Representation in 4K resolution should enable. The maximum frame rate will certainly be limited to 60fps, because the switch platform simply lacks the performance for 120Hz playback. In addition, the “Nintendo Switch Pro” would then also have to have an HDMI 2.1 interface. But that is unlikely – at Nintendo, the focus is not on graphics, but above all on fun. The Realtek processor may also only provide an upscaling, e.g. in the checkerboard process.

“New” Tegra X1 + processor

A “heart” from Nvidia continues to beat in the console itself. The Pro version is supposed to be based on a newer Mariko SoC (System on Chip), also called Tegra X1 + known. Compared to the currently used Tegra X1, only the manufacturing process (from 20nm to 16nm) and the clock speed of the graphics unit may change, which should be around 1,250 MHz (currently 1,020 MHz in dock mode). So only minimal, if any, improvement. It is possible that Nintendo is aiming at lower power consumption by changing the processor.

Nintendo Switch Pro with OLED display

In handheld mode, however, there should still be visual changes. The classic LCD display gives way to you OLEDwho is also with 1,280 x 720 pixels dissolves. This means that the console should be far more stable in terms of viewing angles. The question of whether OLED displays have a negative impact on battery life can only be answered once Nintendo has officially commented on the new console. So far it has only been about rumors that have been around in this upper version in a modified form in the last few months.


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