The past few weeks have been extremely busy for Nintendo fans across the globe. According to rumors and leaks, the Japanese firm is preparing the release of the latest version of the Nintendo Switch Pro. The new device will come with upgrades in specifications to ensure a better user experience.
It will arrive with a larger AMOLED display, offering a better 4K resolution on the docked mode. The device appeared on multiple retailers worldwide giving more credibility to its existence and close launch. The big question is, what the Nintendo Switch Pro has designed for its fans?
Here is what we know:
- BIGGER AMOLED DISPLAY
The first visible change on the Nintendo Switch Pro certainly is the new display. According to reports, the new hybrid console will feature a larger display made by Samsung.
The new display will have a 7-inch display, which is larger than the standard Switch’s 6.2-inch panel, and the Switch Lite 5.5-inch display. The new display will also be better in terms of color and contrast. The new panel uses OLED technology which is used in some of the best TVs and best smartphones across the market. It makes for true color levels and consumes less energy. The panel is also much brighter and offers excellent contrast levels.
- 4K RESOLUTION
The reports say that the Switch Pro will be capable of offering 4K resolution which none of the current variants offer allowing Nintendo to compete with Sony and Microsoft who have already entered the “next-gen” made of 4K resolutions, Ray Tracing, and 60 frames per second long time ago. Nintendo will keep up with the Switch for a couple of years forward.
According to the reports, the new screen itself is not 4K, however, it will offer a 720p HD resolution that once you hook up the console on a 4K TV, you will play games in Ultra HD resolution.
- HDR SUPPORT
The new console is coming with HDR as well. The term stands for High-Dynamic Range and greatly improves the light and dark parts of the picture. This technology introduces images that are more realistic and vibrant than ever. The games would look much better with HDR treatment.
HDR wasn’t available at the beginning on PS4 / Xbox One previous generations. Game developers worked to add this solution to their games and nowadays most of the titles have HDR implemented.
- NEW NVIDIA CHIP WITH DLSS
The new console will use a new NVIDIA chip that offers 4K upscaling. This will allow Nintendo to make use of NVIDIA’s well-known DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology. It enables high-resolution on certain games with Ray Tracing without sacrificing performance.
With the use of this technology, the games will look practically 4K on a TV screen without sacrificing performance or making the games even bigger in size. The technology boost frame rates and offer a smoother experience.
- DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 AUDIO SUPPORT
Nintendo will bring Dolby Digital 5.1 support for the new Nintendo Switch which will make a better sound experience and compatible with soundbars in the market.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE AGAINST THE PS5 OR XBOX SERIES S / X?
Well, let’s be realistic they are not placed in the same category. Switch models are much more accessible than units of the PS5 or Xbox Series X. Nintendo already stated that is not concerned with the next-gen consoles.
While a console offers better processing power, Nintendo’s Switch game portfolio is much different. And also, people will keep buying it due to the presence of Nintendo exclusive games. Everyone is excited about Zelda and the Breath of the Wild 2, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario only come for Nintendo’s console, as usual.
NINTENDO SWITCH PRO – WILL IT BE THE CONSOLE’S NEW NAME?
We’ve been calling this new console Nintendo Switch Pro. However, this name is not confirmed just yet. It does make sense since this moniker is quite popular nowadays due to its presence in the market of smartphones. Apple uses it, Sony uses it, everyone uses it, and Nintendo will likely stick with that.
It will be unproductive to call the device Nintendo Switch 2. The new console is more a variant of the existing Switch’s so this makes much more sense when there is a variant that carries the “Lite” moniker. The company could also use Nintendo Switch XL, or Switch Plus we’ll stick with Switch Pro for the time being.
RELEASE DATE AND POSSIBLE AVAILABILITY
It is rumored that the Nintendo Switch Pro will go official sometime in June. However, things are looking a little bit more complicated these days. Since many e-commerce platforms listed the game during June’s first week, it does suggest that it will really arrive this month.
Nintendo has a new Direct event scheduled for June 15, it will allow publishers to show off some titles that will take benefit of the new console. We also expect the firm to finally show more about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 and use it to push the Switch Pro forward.
According to rumors, the new console will be announced in June, but it will be launched in October. Nintendo like most of the console makers aims for the “Holidays Season”. Pre-orders will likely start several months ahead of that date. The most optimistic rumors suggest availability between September and October this year.
HOW MUCH WILL THE SWITCH PRO WILL COST?
The device was listed by European retailers with a price tag of 399 Euros making it slightly more expensive than the standard Switch which is available at around 299 Euros. Nintendo will probably discontinue the standard variant and keep selling only the Pro and Lite options. There is still the possibility that the company will keep selling all three variants simultaneously for a time, and then will discontinue the current model gradually.