In true that the Nintendo Switch Pro takes circulating since 2018. And surely Nintendo would have already launched or announced it if it were not for the pandemic, which has delayed everything, and because the standard Nintendo Switch is selling so much that it does not need renewal.
Why take out a new console if the current one is taken out of your hands?
But with the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles now on sale (well, that’s to say, because there’s no stock), the Nintendo Switch has lagged far behind. Especially when you connect it to a TV. So for some time, Nintendo has been planning a Pro version that offers things as basic as 4K output, now that practically all new TVs use this resolution.
These days two pieces of news have emerged that in principle have no relation to each other, since one is from NVIDIA and the other from Samsung, but if they together, they give us new clues that almost ensure a Nintendo Switch Pro console for the next few months .
The Nintendo Life website mentions a document published at the beginning of the year by Samsung itself, which had gone unnoticed until now. In this document, Samsung explains to investors its intention to bring its OLED screens from mobile phones to other markets, such as consoles, this year :
” We intend to aggressively position Samsung’s OLED technology in promising market sectors that will take us well beyond smartphones, including the laptop, automotive, and gaming console segments, ” the document explains.
Currently, the only video game console that has a screen is the Nintendo Switch. This is in line with previous rumors from the past few weeks that the Switch Pro will carry a 7-inch OLED screen from Samsung.
The other news, completely disjointed but subtly related, is another rumor that NVIDIA stops making the Tegra X1 chip used by the Nintendo Switch this year.
According to Gameractor, a source working at NVIDIA has assured them that this SoC, used by the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, will no longer be manufactured in 2021.
It does not offer more data, but the most logical explanation could be that Nintendo plans to market the Nintendo Switch Pro, with a new Tegra chip. This chip is rumored to have 4K output and next-gen technologies like DLSS AI filtering.
Even so, it would be strange if Nintendo stopped selling the current Switch because the logical thing would be to keep both: the Pro as a new console, and the cheaper standard. Maybe he’s planning two versions of the new Tegra …
We will see how much of all this becomes a reality in the coming months.