Nintendo Switch Pro: Further details about the console have been leaked

Nintendo Switch Pro: Further details about the console have been leaked

Nintendo Switch Pro

Update: More rumors from Taiwan about the Nintendo Switch Pro have surfaced in the ResetERA forum. Accordingly, the new GPU should work with up to 1 GHz in docked mode - in handheld mode the value drops to 768 MHz.

Nintendo should focus on a resolution of 1440p with 60 FPS in docked mode. In handheld mode, 720p at 60 FPS are apparently achieved - even if 120 FPS would be possible. DLSS support is also mentioned in the alleged leak. The technology is apparently only available in docked mode and may not be ready for launch. In addition, there are rumors about the Xbox Game Pass, which could apparently also be offered on the new console at the start of the Nintendo Switch Pro.

Original message: Even before the start of E3 2021 on June 12, the Nintendo Switch Pro to be revealed. While a product entry was already to be found on Amazon Mexico for a short time this morning, there are now more details from a Spanish website that refer to sources of a Chinese accessories manufacturer.

Accordingly, the Nintendo Switch Pro is supposed to be almost the same size as the current model. The almost 7-inch OLED screen that has appeared in other reports is also mentioned here. Due to the screen size, the handheld should get along with almost no bezels. Currently available Joy-Con controllers are also compatible with the revision. More extensive changes will probably be made to the console's dock. According to the leak, this is not only a bit thicker, but also has two USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet port. As expected, the output resolution on the television is 4K.

Somewhat more unpleasant news for Europe is the release of the hardware. If the leak is correct, fans in this country must obviously expect a later launch than in other regions. The report mentions a start towards the end of November. The capacities should also be very limited in the beginning. Other continents should receive the new model in September or October. A price has not yet emerged from the leak. However, it can be assumed that the Nintendo Switch Pro will be more expensive than the current variant. We'll keep you up to date with news from Nintendo.

via ResetERA

So, Maybe No Nintendo Switch Pro Then?

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For months now, there have been rumblings that Nintendo has been working on a Switch Pro, a new, upgraded version of the original Switch with 4K capabilities when docked and an OLED handheld screen, among other upgrades. And a recent Bloomberg report suggested that it was set to be announced before E3 and debut as soon as this fall.

Well uh, where is it, then?

As the clock ticks closer to E3, we really only have a single week until the event starts. Nintendo has announced a software-ware only Direct for the show itself, but has not made any indication they will be announcing anything else before the show. While there’s still time, another option is looking increasingly likely.

That Nintendo is not going to announce the Switch Pro and not release it this year.

This isn’t to say the Switch Pro doesn’t exist. All indications are that it most definitely does, but there’s a difference between the Pro existing and it being about to make its imminent debut.

The idea is that two factors are leading to perhaps Nintendo making the decision to debut the Switch Pro later on:

  • A global component shortage affecting all consoles, including the Switch, which would lead to far less supply than normal for a 2021 debut.
  • The fact that the current Switch is still a massive best-seller and will likely sell out through this coming holiday whether there’s a Pro version or not.
  • In summary, Nintendo doesn’t really need a Switch Pro in 2021, and there would be little point in debuting an console upgrade where supply won’t be anywhere even close to meeting demand, especially when the current version of the console is already doing that.

    Yes, the timing is theoretically right, as the Nintendo Switch debuted just over four years ago, so an upgrade makes sense. But there’s also no reason not to wait until spring or fall 2022 for as long as this component shortage is going on, and the original Switch continues to sell as well as it has.

    This could run into some complications with the idea that there are specific games being made to take advantage of the Switch Pros power, as if the system is delayed, those versions would be too. But we don’t know how wide the power gap will be between the old and new consoles, and it may not really matter all that much in the end.

    At this point, the longer this silence continues, the more I would imagine that we’re not going to see a Pro announcement after all, or if we do, it may just be a tease for 2022. Now that I’ve said this out loud, I’m sure Nintendo will announce this tomorrow and make me look dumb, but I’m not opposed to that either.

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