Nintendo Switch OLED, clues on 4K and HDR in a video teardown

Nintendo Switch OLED, clues on 4K and HDR in a video teardown

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Nintendo Switch OLED does not officially reach 4K with HDR but the possibility of obtaining this resolution, in addition to support for High Dynamic Range, emerges from a video teardown carried out by Nintendo Prime, where these characteristics seem to derive from the new Nintendo console Dock.

According to what is shown in the video, inside the new Nintendo Switch OLED Dock there would be new elements, beyond the aesthetic differences that are clearly visible to the eternal compared to the standard one, such as rounded corners. This is in particular the presence of an HDMI 2.0 port supported by an ARM chip, which should guarantee the characteristics provided for by the protocol in question.

HDMI 2.0 is based on 4K and HDR among the fundamental characteristics, but these are not supported by Nintendo Switch OLED at the moment. The same chip present does not seem to be able, by itself, to upscale the image to 4K and would still require a console with different hardware characteristics.

Curiously, even the HDMI cable distributed in the Nintendo Switch package OLED is capable of reaching the standard 4K at 60 fps with HDR, but that means little compared to the specific features of the console hardware.

Beyond the inevitable upgrade of accessories and elements outside the specific design carried out by Nintendo, such as cables and ports, it is possible that these are indications of a sort of "future proof" design at least of the Nintendo Switch Dock, which could simply continue to be produced in the future in this way but with an upgrade of the console to reach 4K.

The hypothesis has already been officially denied by Nintendo with an official response to the rumors, however the information, released by Bloomberg, according to which various teams are creating 4K games for the console, remains particularly intriguing , through updated and more advanced devkits.

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Nintendo Switch OLED’s New Dock Reportedly Supports 4K/60 FPS Output

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The story of the a rumoured 4K-ready Nintendo Switch – or the Switch Pro, as many have taken to calling it – has been an eventful one, with leaks and rumours persisting over a long period and relentlessly suggesting that such a device is indeed in the works and on the way, even with Nintendo categorically denying such reports. Of course, the new Switch model that is coming up is a much more iterative upgrade, which has led some people disappointed.

It does come with a new dock, among other things, and that dock, it seems, is more future proof than you’d think. YouTuber Nintendo Prime recently uploaded a teardown analysis video of the device, and reports that its new dock’s HDMI port is “at least” HDMI 2.0 compliant, and that the device itself comes with an HDMI 2.0 cable.

What exactly does that mean? In simple terms, it means that that dock is capable of outputting images at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, even though the Switch OLED itself, of course, is not 4K-compatible. For comparison’s sake, the base Switch comes with an HDMI 1.4 cable and an HDMI 1.4 port.

The Switch OLED’s new dock can also be purchased separately, so if there is a 4K-ready variant of the Switch currently in production, it would make sense for Nintendo to ensure that a dock can support that right off the bat.