Rumor: Tons of details on a future new model of Nintendo Switch in 4K
Surely many of you will know NateDrake for being one of the leakers who has successfully leaked information from Nintendo in the past. He has recently spoken out about the future outlook of the company in a very, very extensive way.
In a recent NateTheHate podcast, he shared information about a new more powerful hardware from Nintendo that would arrive in 4K. The details are as follows:
About Zynga kits…
- Larger publishers often hire smaller companies as subsidiaries and send devkits to smaller companies to work on games for certain platforms . But there is a possibility that Zynga will deny possession of a Nintendo 4K devkit due to NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreement).
NateDrake believes that Nintendo is not technically lying to investors by saying that Nintendo does not provide tools to develop games for a Nintendo Switch model with 4K support, but he believes that it is not telling the whole truth either, especially since Nintendo will not only be a new model, but it would carry another name derived from Nintendo Switch (for example, Nintendo Switch 2, Nintendo Switch Pro, etc.).
It would be similar to Game Boy Color and New Nintendo 3DS…
. Developer sources that the model is positioned as a revision, similar to Game Boy Color and New Nintendo 3DS.
- MVG agrees with SciresM that backward compatibility of Nintendo Switch games is not possible with the Nintendo Switch in 4K, assuming the Nintendo Switch in 4K uses a GPU that is not based on the Maxwell architecture, noting that every Nintendo Switch game contains custom versions GPU driver ace that Maxwell built with all the necessary shaders prebuilt in one package.
- MVG believes that the first possible solution is to provide patches for all games.
- MVG believes that the second possible solution is to open a specific tool for external developers that speeds up the update process by allowing developers to take the “game pack” and repackage it as a “native game pack” for the new SoC.
. to the motherboard, citing as examples the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, etc.
backward compatibility is not offered, where Nintendo would mark the Nintendo Switch in 4K as a next-gen console, and ask third-party developers to ship this model, although MVG thinks it sounds like a very rare thing coming from Nintendo.
In relation to compatibility with the Current Nintendo Switch…
- There is a way that Nintendo cannot provide compatibility with Nintendo Switch games as this would send a message to consumers not to invest in digital games as Nintendo will not support consumers in the future.
- NateDrake does not deny the possibility that Nintendo may add the Tegra X1 to the motherboard Nintendo Switch 4K for 100% backward compatibility.
- NateDrake also believes that there is a possibility that Nintendo is talking to Nvidia when designing Dane to add support for the Maxwell GPU driver, which could achieve 99.9% compatibility with older version games.
backward compatibility of Nintendo Switch games would cause Nintendo to lose a large number of consumers, as there is a limit to bad business practices that consumers can tolerate from Nintendo; and not offering backward compatibility of Nintendo Switch games would be considered the biggest move against the consumer.
- NateDrake believes there is a possibility that the game cartridges for the Nintendo Switch 4K will be the same as the game cards for the current Nintendo Switch, with more remaining capacity at 32GB.
- NateDrake also thinks that the Nintendo Switch 4K game cartridges might be a little different from the Nintendo Switch game cartridges, such as This was the case with the exclusive New Nintendo 3DS game cards, with the largest capacity possibly being 64GB.
When would it be released …
- NateDrake believes that Nintendo will announce Nintendo Switch 4K 6 months before launch.
- NateDrake also believes that Nintendo could announce Nintendo Switch 4K in July 2022 with an October 2022 release, as does the OLED model, at the risk of angering consumers who bought the OLED model, but NateDrake reminds Nintendo that it has done it before.
Speaking of its development…
Provides the LAN port on the base of the OLED model. NateDrake will no longer refer to the model as Nintendo Switch Pro, but as Nintendo Switch 4K, already claiming that Nintendo is releasing new Nintendo Switch hardware, and it has 4K support, which will be achieved thanks to DLSS.
NateDrake heard from received devkits in late 2020, and from smaller third-party developers who received devkits in June 2021. . Developer sources that there are games that are exclusive to Nintendo Switch 4K and will not be released for Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo Switch Lite).
What do you think about it? We read you in the comments. We also remind you that this information has not been officially confirmed and it will be necessary to wait and see if it is announced by Nintendo.