Here’s the truth about Nintendo Switch Pro
The infamous Nintendo Switch Pro has been mentioned over a million times in the past year, right? We’ve been patiently waiting for it, however, instead of the long-awaited Pro variant with higher specs, Nintendo has surprised us with the Nintendo Switch OLED. It offers the same performance as a conventional Switch, but with a few premium refreshes here and there, and the most obvious upgrade – an OLED screen from Samsung. However, the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED never denied the existence of a Pro variant. The thing is, with the start of the next generation for Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo needs a better Switch as the older hardware is starting to age. Now, it looks like the company is really on the right track to release a new Nintendo Switch Pro. Through this article we will try to list everything we already know about the device.
Nintendo Switch Pro – The possible release date
As a reminder, the Nintendo Switch Pro rumors have started to die down with the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED. However, the company has never denied the existence of a future Pro variant. The thing is, games are starting to get more and more Dem Nintendo is resigning itself to offering upgraded hardware if it wants third-party AAA games on its console. Additionally, the console will give the company extra headroom to upgrade its existing proprietary games.
During an interview, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa revealed that there is no new Switch for the upcoming fiscal year. Please note the “for the upcoming fiscal year”. He did not say “There is no new Switch cso, we can really expect to have one once the current fiscal year ends in March 2023. Of course the company is keeping a low profile and denying most claims about a new Switch worked under the coat.
According to tipster Nate The Hate, the new Nintendo Switch Pro will land in the first half of next year. Given Mr. Furukawa’s claims, then this is to be expected between April and June 2023. Of course, there are more pessimistic claims. Ampere Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls point to a next-gen console coming out by 2024. As of now, it’s unclear whether that means a Nintendo Switch Pro or a Nintendo Switch 2. The Pro means a upgraded hardware, while the 2 could mean a whole new generation. This means games for Nintendo Switch 2 may not work with the older generation console.
It’s worth noting that given the company’s track record of releasing multiple versions of its handheld devices, we see no reason why the company shouldn’t stick with the Nintendo Switch Pro moniker.
How much will it cost?
It’s too early to freeze things. However, we expect the console to cost more than the OLED variant, but not absurdly more. The standard Switch costs around $299 in the US, while the OLED model costs around $350. The new Pro model may be between those $350 to $400. We don’t expect its price to reach consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Nintendo Switch Pro Specifications
So far, there are several reports about the specs of the new Pro console. However, most of them seem to correspond to a better Tegra processor. Additionally, the company can use DLSS technology allowing for higher resolutions while the GPU continues to output 720p graphics.
The Nintendo Swtich has an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 720p display and 32GB storage. The latest refresh brought the battery life up to 9 hours. Rumors also point to better battery life with the Pro variant.
The Tegra X1+
According to leakster @SciresM, Nintendo could equip the new device with a Tegra X1+ chipset. The processor will offer higher capacities with a higher clock and will also have an improved cooling system. Additionally, the console will have a substantial design change, keep the best variant OLED panel, and offer 4K resolution when docked.
According to reports, once rooted, the Nintendo Switch Pro will deliver 4K resolution through the use of upscaling technology. This can use NVIDIA’s DLSS technology or even a co-processor to up the 1080p resolution.
Additionally, a new leak in the Switch firmware refers to “4kdp_preferred_over_usb30”. Apparently this represents 4K output over DisplayPort instead of USB 3.0.
11 developers are working on 4K toolkits
According Bloomberg, there are at least 11 developers working with Nintendo’s 4K toolkits. Therefore, Nintendo is really doing some work to make 4K on Switch a reality. However, Nintendo continues to deny these facts.
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OLED or mini-LED?
Although some rumors point to the use of an OLED display, there are also others that point to the adoption of mini-LEDs. The latter is more affordable and offers solid quality. However, we have to digest this with a pinch of salt. After all, the mini-LED is still taking very small steps in the industry.
According to DSCC co-founder and current CEO Ross Young, there are some pros and cons to using an OLED panel. It will all depend on the type of content you are playing, but bright games with lots of white will definitely consume more power. Either way, you’ll still get the power efficiency on black screens that’s absent on LCDs.
64 GB SSD, Tegra Xavier and 4K
The last detail in the list comes from a 4Chan pot. According to user Xhyll who seems to have gotten his info from a “former Nintendo employee”, the Switch Pro will have a custom Nvidia Tegra Xavier with 64GB SSD storage. Additionally, he also confirms 4K resolution.
However, there is a very controversial part of his request. According to him, the Pro aims to be a TV-only system. We cannot see this as an accurate report. After all, portability is one of Nintendo’s triumph cards with the Switch. The portable aspect is one of the factors that make users consider the Switch instead of conventional “desktop” consoles.
Some welcome updates with the Nintendo Switch Pro
There are some features that could make the Nintendo Switch Pro really appealing to everyone. These features may even tempt current Switch owners to consider an upgrade.
- Additional performance: While “performance” was never the Switch’s draw, we wouldn’t mind more performance to run demanding games at a better frame rate. It would also allow some games to enter the platform. So more performance is definitely one of the things we expect from a new Switch.
- Best build quality: Nintendo can also take advantage of it to offer improved build quality, better ergonomics and better Joy-Con controls. After all, the “Pro” console must feel superior to the mod4el Oled.
- 4K support: This is obviously one of the big demands for the new console. After all, 4K is already a reality among gamers, Nintendo must enter this category, at least for the docked mode.
- Bluetooth support for headphones and other accessories: Of course, this is delicate ground. The Nintendo Switch offers Bluetooth, but it’s very limited to support for Joy-Cons and Pro controllers. We need support for Bluetooth headphones. After all, we’re in the era of true wireless headphones, and they’re a perfect match for Nintendo’s proposal for a handheld console.
As several reports point out, Nintendo really does seem to be working on a new Nintendo Switch Pro. However, there are still many questions floating around. Is this an upgrade for the Switch or a brand new gen offering support for current-gen games?
One thing we know, it’s time for Nintendo to update the Switch. It can keep the formula that still makes this old console one of the best-selling consoles in the world. However, it’s time to offer more hardware to developers and improve the player experience.
Either way, with big games coming to the current Switch like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, we expect the company to maintain support for the current product for a long, long time.