Rumors detail that Nintendo will be releasing a Nintendo Switch 4K console soon, and an announcement is due in a few weeks at the very least.
According to a report by Bloomberg, A Nintendo Switch 4K will likely replace the current flagship product. This more powerful device will get an announcement in the upcoming E3 2021. E3 will be on June 12, with a way for developers to showcase their games.
Switch Pro may release amidst semiconductor shortages
Rumors of the upcoming Switch Pro has swirled the internet since 2019. Many reports note that it’s only a matter of when will it come, rather than if. It seems the time will be this year or next year, depending on Nintendo’s plan.
EXCLUSIVE: Nintendo plans to release its upgraded, pricier Switch console in September or October — despite global chip shortages https://t.co/LDzugVHSjI
— Bloomberg (@business) May 27, 2021
According to Bloomberg’s sources, assembly of the new Switch will start this July. If no problems come to delay production, everyone can expect them “in September or October”.
This short time span is crazy, considering the current semiconductor shortages worldwide. Playstation is expecting shortages to last until summer of 2021. Microsoft expects shortages to last even as far as July 2022.
“Suppliers are confident they can fulfill Nintendo’s orders despite the ongoing chip shortages,” noted Bloomberg. “Its production lines are better prepared for the potential component shake-up and the parts Nintendo is using are subject to less competition than those in its rivals’ more powerful consoles.”
Next-gen Switch should match with its competitors
A Nintendo Switch 4K will shake up the existing hierarchy between all three consoles. Until recently, the Switch was always the inferior product specs-wise. It can only play up to 1080p resolution when docked and 720p when portable.
Even then, Nintendo has been creative with many of its first-party titles. The portability also makes it a beloved console for fans of all ages. Now, the console itself will be able to compete with Sony and Microsoft’s offerings.
Nintendo reportedly declined to comment on this rumor, and for a reason. The Japanese company can be quite secretive, especially with their hardware and first-party software. The Switch Pro will reportedly also use Nvidia’s DLSS tech.
According to another Bloomberg report, the Switch Pro will pack a 7-inch Samsung OLED screen. This comes as opposed to the 6.2 and 5.5-inch LED screens for the current Switch and Switch Lite models.
“Still, the company’s ability to meet consumer demand won’t be guaranteed, as a dearth of display driver ICs and Bluetooth chips have led to production of the incumbent Switch stopping and starting several times,” noted Bloomberg.
The rumored announcement for the Nintendo Switch 4K will come on E3 this year. E3 will have its digital conference on June 12.
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