The Nintendo Switch Pro could be the most wanted console of the next two years, and it’s likely that Nintendo will release a newer, more powerful handheld to suit it’s coach gamers out there.
4K resolution has become the norm, and 2021 will accept nothing less from a new console, so its almost guaranteed that the new Nintendo Switch Pro will have 4k output.
The following images and attached video comes courtesy of the very talented Computer Bild team. They have created 3D renders of a potential new Nintendo Switch Pro by taking in all the rumours, patents and community drawings and have made what could be the new Nintendo Switch.
Everything we Know About The Nintendo Switch Pro
You know we love a good exclusive leak here at Retro Dodo, especially one that has come from the tireless efforts of dataminers.
Normally, Nintendo rumours should be taken with an incredibly large pinch of salt, especially now that we know the Nintendo Switch is half way through its life cycle.
But this leak is different. It’s come from Nvidia and contains information on a graphics API for a new Nintendo console.
Does this mean it’s for the Nintendo Switch 2, or the Nintendo Switch Pro?
The hack references SOCs T34 and T239 as well as the supposed source code for their DLSS.
That’s Deep Learning Super Sampling for anyone not in the know.
DLSS makes frame rate and resolution much more impressive, pushing it past what a device should normally be able to do. So the fact that this Nvidia hack has told us that the new console will support ray-tracing and DLSS 2.2 is a huge deal.
In essence, with great power comes great playability. If this hack is anything to go by, the new Nintendo machine won’t just top charts yet again, but it’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
Nintendo Switch Pro Features
The Nintendo Switch Pro has a few new features up it sleeve. It has a 4k screen which is 20% bigger than the original Nintendo Switch, a new Joy-Con design adding more comfortability, a bigger kickstand and four individual game cartridge ports.
The shoulder buttons are also somewhat flared, adding even more control and comfortability. What Nintendo want to do next is add less bezels to their screen to have more space to “play with”.
Many gamers have more than one Nintendo Switch game, so allowing the players to insert up to four different cartridges adds for more flexibility when going into portable mode. Who knows perhaps the rumoured new Pokemon game will come with it?
The purple touch is also new, no doubt Nintendo will stick with the original colours or go with something different to let customers easily tell the difference between the normal and Pro versions.
The 4 game cartridge and 4K resolution within a handheld is the biggest game changer in our personal opinions. Having no bezels, a touch screen, and an incredibly high resolution is what will become the selling point of the Nintendo Switch Pro.
This opens up a whole new library for hardcore gamers who want decent screen resolution on the go, just like what the rumoured PSP 5G has in mind too.
One feature that will have many of you smiling is an upgraded kick stand. Because, let’s face it, we all love to hate the current kickstand. It feels as if its made of cardboard, so it’s likely that the new Nintendo Switch Pro, or Nintendo Switch XL as many are calling it, will have this feature.
Nintendo will take away the plastic kickstand and replace it with a larger, more reliable metal kickstand that can actually withstand bumps etc.
Another concept we which very much like is the Nintendo Switch Pro “cartridge dock”, a dock connected to your real Nintendo Switch Pro Dock that has the ability to hold up to four different game cartridges at the same time.
This allows you to simply dock your Nintendo Switch Pro and have access to an additional library of four games at the same time. This dock also acts as a charging port with 2 USB-C ports at the front to charge your other accessories.
Overall these design concepts are looking very promising, and it’s certainly believable. Perhaps we won’t see 4K resolution on the handheld itself, but it’s likely we’ll see 4K output to your TV’s.
Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case it could be. With the addition of the Nintendo Switch Lite, Nintendo are giving gamers a wide variety of choices to suit their consoles needs and we’re happy to see the Nintendo Switch Pro is also somewhat portable.
In terms of power output there’s no hints or rumours of what Nintendo could add, but it in all honesty it’s not going to be anything game changing. But what we do think we’ll see is Nintendo making it mandatory for future Nintendo Switch games to be 4K ready.
That alone could see some awesome ports come to the console and new games being developed for the Nintendo Switch Pro exclusively. But who knows.
Let us know what you think over on Twitter @retro_dodo and check out Computer Bild’s video above for even more images!
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