The new Nintendo Switch Pro is on the way, whether Nintendo admits it or not. Here’s what you need to know. The next version is expected to include more computing power, a new console (or two), and support for 4K resolution graphics.
When will the new Nintendo Switch be released?
Although some early rumors claimed that 2020 was the year of the new Switch, the rumor is now targeting 2021 for the release of the next generation console and the industry now refers to the Nintendo Switch Pro. Some news points which could come early in the year but, given the pandemic, that time seems terribly aggressive.
However, Bloomberg reports that the company is effectively giving the 2020 Christmas holiday spotlight to Microsoft and Sony with their respective versions for Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles, so it’s conceivable that Nintendo has something up its sleeve for early 2021 instead. Slowdowns in software production and release in 2020 tends to support this theory.
We believe it is more likely, however, that production of the new console will begin in early 2021 with release and distribution scheduled for longer than half a year.
Such a quick release after millions of consumers just spent their hard-earned cash on two other pretty expensive consoles over the holidays doesn’t seem to be the smartest move by a company known for its clever gaming marketing.
The original Switch was released in March 2017 and the Switch Lite was released in July 2019.
Nintendo Switch Pro pricing rumors
Any price speculation is just that at this point: speculation. Currently, the Switch retails for $ 299 and the Switch Lite retails for $ 199. It could be that the Switch Pro, with an emphasis on higher graphics resolution and power upgrades, could sell more in the $ 399 range and compete more with. Xbox Series X by Microsoft and PS5 from Sony. But this is strictly a guess on our part at this stage.
As no official announcement has been announced on a new Switch, no pre-order information is available. Still.
Features of Nintendo Switch Pro
Current versions of the Switch come with two Joy-Con controllers that connect to the console but can also be used separately. A single console can support up to 8 players. The console also supports Pro Controller, a wireless controller that connects via Bluetooth.
The new features are said to include:
- A power upgrade
- Nvidia DLSS AI upscaling for 4K resolution
- A new controller, possibly autonomous
Reports are rampant that the new Switch will come with a new controller that connects the console to a PC. It is also speculated that the next model will have some sort of interactivity feature along with a better visualization.
This may explain why there has been a recent move to unlock frame rates in current games. Such a move would make it easy, insiders say, to improve game performance via a new console.
Nintendo Switch Pro specifications and hardware
Nobody knows anything yet and the rumors do not go beyond the generic “power upgrade” and references to the potential of 4K graphics. As soon as we have more definitive news or, rather, real facts, we will publish them here for you.
Nintendo Switch Pro games and backward compatibility
Support for 4K gaming is partly what is driving a lot of rumors. Bloomberg via VGC states that Nintendo allegedly told developers to make their new Switch games 4K ready, a huge hint that a new console is on the way as current versions don’t support that resolution.
A recent tweet from FDG Entertainment, a third-party game developer that produces Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom for Switch, confirmed that the game is getting an update for next-generation consoles to support native 4K.120fps signal via HDMI 2.1.
His response to a fan complaining that he would need a PS4 to play was followed by a comment that perhaps purchasing the PlayStation wasn’t necessary.
Nothing is known about backward compatibility for the updated Switch yet.
Details on controllers and accessories
One of the most exciting rumors about the upcoming Switch is that it will have a fully updated controller. This appears to be confirmed in a couple of secondary ways: a computer patent controller granted in 2020 and a Japanese patent for a foldable controller filed in 2019.
The first Japanese patent focuses on improving the shape of the current controller. It would still slide over the console when needed, but fold down (and back up) for a more pleasant and ergonomic experience.
Nintendo received a second patent in April 2020 for a “computer controller,” which looks suspiciously like the current Switch controller with modifications.
The patent seems to imply that this controller will not be part of the Switch unit, which means it will not be part of the current portable hybrid console we all know and love. Instead, this controller appears to be self-contained and could be a Bluetooth option for playing Switch games on a PC.
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