Bloomberg reports that those who are familiar with the new Switch model – who have a larger screen and 4K output – have indicated that it will use an updated Nvidia chipset, and is targeting a release during the “year-end shopping season”.
The Nvidia chipset will bring an updated processor and increase memory, allowing better looking games and faster processing. To help support docked 4K output, the new chip will apparently include support for Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), which uses AI upscaling to deliver 4K resolutions without the associated hardware constraint. However, Bloomberg sources indicate that DLSS requires custom code for software, which means it will more likely be used to make new, better-looking games, rather than to upgrade existing games.
This upgrade may well come at a cost, with an analyst telling Bloomberg that he expects the new hardware to result in an increase of $ 50 to $ 100 on top of the $ 299.99 price tag of the existing Switch model.
This new chipset would come with the larger 7-inch 720p OLED touchscreen on the new Switch model. Once anchored, the new console would apparently output at 4K – previously it seemed like a tough demand for Switch hardware, but the improved chipset and DLSS make it more feasible. Previous reports have shown manufacture starting in June, with a monthly production target of one million units.Nintendo has been silent on any new Switch model, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently said he won’t be announcing a new version “anytime soon.” The existing Nintendo Switch model is doing incredibly well. Lifetime sales recently spent 79.87 million – eclipsing the Nintendo 3DS – and it is has been the best-selling console in the United States for almost two years.
However, with recent reports suggesting that Nintendo has a “series of branded game releases” that it expects help break their own all-time software sales record, new material can be part of this plan.