The Nintendo Switch might be one of the most popular video game consoles right now, but it’s starting to look a bit long. Aside from the 2019 Lite edition release, the Switch has been unchanged both inside and out for nearly four years. But new leaks suggest that the much-rumored ‘Switch Pro’ is finally on the horizon.
According to leakers, the new console will mark a significant improvement over the original Switch, in terms of performance. It’s set to be the first model to support 4K resolution, along with Nvidia’s DLSS technology (which is capable of improving image quality without loss of frame rate). Take a look at our best Nintendo Switch deals if you want to start playing here and now.
The renowned Nintendo leaker, Nate Drake, took to the ResetEra forum (as discovered by Wccftech) to state that the new Nintendo Switch will be “like a PS4 with DLSS and a more capable CPU.” While we can’t expect the little Switch to compete with Sony’s massive PlayStation 5 (this is where to buy a PS5), a 4K handheld device as powerful as the PS4 sounds pretty incredible.
While the Switch currently supports 1080p output while docked (or 720p in handheld mode), 4K video would be a new frontier for Nintendo. Exploring the Hyrule from Breath of the Wild or getting up close to Bowser’s castle in Mario Kart will be more immersive experiences than ever in crisp 4K.
And it’s not just the internals that await what Drake calls a “significant upgrade” – the console’s portable mode is set to be upgraded, which is likely to get a larger, higher-resolution screen. And we may enjoy it sooner rather than later – the updated device is said to launch sometime in 2021.
But perhaps the most interesting reveal is that the Nintendo Switch Pro might not be called the Nintendo Switch Pro at all – the new device is rumored to be called the Super Nintendo Switch. This is, of course, a lovely nod to the 1990 Super Nintendo entertainment system, one of the most beloved retro consoles of all time.
As for what the Super Nintendo Switch will look like, we’ll have to wait and see. But if it looks like this amazing ‘Switch Pro’ concept, fans will certainly be pleased. Demonstrating what a larger screen would look like, the design (above) features a huge 4K display and much more ergonomic-looking Joy Cons.
While the so-called Super Nintendo Switch sounds really impressive, it can’t come soon enough – with Microsoft and Sony releasing their own hugely popular next-gen consoles in 2020, Nintendo will have to do whatever it takes to stay in the game. That said, the current Switch shows no signs of slowing down in popularity. Check out today’s best deals below, and to get the most out of the console, take a look at our roundup of the best Nintendo Switch games.