What we know about the Nintendo Switch Pro

Rumors of an improved version of Nintendo’s current console linger. However, there is still no official confirmation from the Japanese video game company. The desire of fans for a more powerful version of the popular Switch is getting louder and louder.

As early as 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported for the first time that Nintendo could bring a Pro and a Lite version of its console onto the market. The Lite version (here in the futurezone test) was sold a short time later. However, a pro version is still pending.

Pro, Super or Aula

Since then, there has been mainly speculation. According to some Leak Instead of the addition “Pro”, the name “Super Switch” could also be used. Another name that appeared in connection with an improved switch is “Aula”.

This could be a project name that a dataminer found in an update for the current console. The chipset that this console uses could indicate that the console creates a 4K resolution on the TV. In handheld mode, however, the resolution should remain lower.

4K on TV, 720p on the go

In early March, this rumor was further supported by a report from Bloomberg. Accordingly, a switch version with a 7-inch OLED display should go into production. The resolution should still be only 720 pixels, but 4K should be possible on the TV, it is said. For this, the DLSS technology from graphics card manufacturer Nvidia could be used, which can extrapolate images with low resolution so well that they still look good in 4K.

While Bloomberg is talking about a sale for the 2021 Christmas business, well-informed insiders in the ResetERA forum usually suspect that the release will be postponed to 2022.

Exclusive title, but not until 2022?

An insider, NateDrake, also reports on a small selection of exclusive titles that Nintendo partners are developing exclusively for the console. He certainly knew about a game. He also writes that Nintendo could sell the new Switch as a “premium” model. As a more powerful model, games could be available there that do not appear for the standard model. That wouldn’t be a new principle. Such exclusive games have already appeared on the New 3DS, the revised version of the 3DS.

In February, Nintendo said opposite Bloomberg, there are no plans to announce a new console in the foreseeable future. How long “in the foreseeable future” means, however, remains open to interpretation. The fact that the two new consoles from PlayStation and Xbox are still sparsely available helped Nintendo achieve a successful Christmas business with the very popular Switch. In terms of performance, however, Nintendo will not compete with the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S. The company has never focused on this before.


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