KEY POINTS

  • Speculations about the 4K-capable hybrid console won't end
  • They go on despite the release of the Switch OLED earlier this month
  • An insider believes the Switch 2 could release in 2022 or 2023

A recent leak claiming a new Nintendo Switch model is currently in development has surfaced online, revealing technical details and its release window.

Rumors about the 4K-capable hybrid console from the Japanese gaming giant Nintendo just wouldn't stop even though the company already released the Switch OLED earlier this month. In fact, some industry watchers believe the OLED model was initially intended for the supposed Pro model but was scaled back due to the ongoing global chip shortage. 

There are also those who think the 4K model distributed to game developers was for the successor of the original console, the Nintendo Switch 2. The latter has been seemingly backed by the latest set of details shared on YouTube by a famous Nintendo insider who goes by the name Nate The Hate.

Nintendo announced updates of popular Switch game titles, but did not offer any word on updates for the popular handheld console itself Nintendo announced updates of popular Switch game titles, but did not offer any word on updates for the popular handheld console itself Photo: AFP / Behrouz MEHRI

The insider claimed the 4K Switch could release sometime in the holiday of 2022 or in the early part of 2023. The tipster also shared the Nintendo Switch 2 will run games in 4K with the help of Nvidia's AI-powered technology, DLSS.

Moreover, Nate The Hate mentioned in the YouTube video that exclusive titles for the said Switch model are currently in development. The games' ports for Xbox and PlayStation platforms are also in the works, according to the insider.

While this piece of information is exciting, especially for huge Nintendo Switch fans, the new upgrade might entail significant changes that could make it challenging for the system's backward compatibility feature to work. However, the insider believes Nintendo will undoubtedly find a workaround for this potential issue.

The Japanese gaming giant already denied that a 4K-capable Nintendo Switch is in development. However, Bloomberg reported last month that Nintendo already sent out dev kits of 4K-capable Switch to game developers.

"A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true," Nintendo said in a Sept. 30 tweet.

"We also want to restate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will launch on Oct. 8, 2021," the company said in a follow-up tweet.

With Nintendo still denying rumors about a new hybrid console in development, gamers need to take the latest leak about the Nintendo Switch 2 with a grain of salt.