Nintendo Switch Pro – check what we already know about the successor of the popular console of the Japanese manufacturer.
Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly a hit of the Japanese manufacturer. The hybrid console, which allows you to intuitively switch between mobile and stationary modes, won our hearts. As the Japanese producer recently boasted – since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, the console has already hit 84 million players. Moreover, in 2020 alone, the “switch” reached 29 million new users, making it the best-selling console of the past year.
The Japanese also boasted record profits (at the level of $ 6 billion) and excellent sales of exclusive games. Let us add that all these results were achieved despite the debut of new generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S. It turns out, however, that this is not the end of Nintendo’s excellent streak. Analysts agree – 2021 will also belong to the “Fathers of Mario”. The company’s “driving force” is to be not only the next premieres of exclusive games for Nintendo Switch, but also the debut of a new version of the device – the alleged Nintendo Switch Pro (or Nintendo Switch 2), which has been speculated for months.
How will the Nintendo Switch Pro look like? It is highly probable that in terms of design we will not see any drastic changes. The device will still be available as a tablet with detachable controllers. We will also have a docking station at our disposal, which, as is the case with the classic Switch, will provide the console with additional possibilities and power. The new version of the console, however, is to be slightly larger and thinner than its predecessor, and thus more like classic tablets or large smartphones.
Nintendo Switch Pro – specification and possibilities
The Nintendo Switch console debuted in early 2017. Then, two years later, the Japanese manufacturer decided to release two new versions of the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch with an improved battery. Although it is undoubtedly an interesting device, for many users already on the day of the premiere it was a bit technologically “backward”. A 6.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels in the form of a tablet and the maximum FullHD resolution in the “dock” did not arouse much emotions already in 2017. Let’s add only 32 GB of internal memory and a battery with a capacity of 4310 mAh, and I have an image of an average budget smartphone in front of me, not a top console that breaks sales records.
In its history, however, Nintendo has proven many times that a strong specification is not everything. Therefore, after the Nintendo Switch Pro, we should not expect a change in the company’s philosophy. According to the information available so far, the Japanese manufacturer wants to improve the functioning of the device in a mobile form.
The Nintendo Switch Pro will almost certainly receive a next-generation OLED screen. This means that players will be able to count on a much better visual experience during the game. This information was confirmed by Steven V. Abramson – President and CEO of Universal Display Corporation, which deals with the production and licensing of OLED screens.
It is speculated that the Japanese manufacturer will supply the screens to Samsung, which also cooperates with Universal Display Corporation. The screen in the Nintendo Switch Pro will be able to boast a 7-inch diagonal. Unfortunately, from the information disclosed so far, the screen resolution will not change and will be only 1280 x 720 pixels. Where did this manufacturer’s decision come from? Most likely, it is about extending the working time of the device in a mobile form.
As a consolation, we are informed that Nintendo intends to use the new Nvidia system that will allow you to display content in 4K quality (only in stationary mode). What’s more, Switch Pro is to receive full support for DLSS technology. Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) is a proprietary solution from Nvidia, which, to put it simply, uses artificial intelligence for rendering. Thanks to it, the production not only maintains high-quality graphics (without the need to adjust game settings), but also works noticeably smoother. In practice, this should translate into a much smoother gameplay on the new Japanese console. According to Bloomberg journalists – journalists Takashi Mochizuki and Ian King, in terms of power, Nintendo Switch pro will be equal to PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Nintendo Switch Pro – release date
Not a single month goes by without new speculation about the Nintendo Switch Pro release date. Initially, it was speculated that the console will come to us at the end of 2020. Then analysts began to suggest that only in the ongoing – 2021, the new version of the device will make its debut on the market.
Officially, Nintendo is still silent about the Switch Pro. What’s more, the company’s management has repeatedly emphasized that they have no plans to release a new device in the near future. However, it can only be a “smoke screen”.
The premiere of Nintendo Switch Pro may take place this year. It is possible, however, that in the face of the excellent results of the older console, as well as the shortage of semiconductors on the market, the Japanese manufacturer may decide to postpone the debut of the device. While analysts still insist on 2021, the debut of the Nintendo Switch Pro in 2022 is much more likely.