KEY POINTS

  • The Nintendo Switch is now halfway through its life cycle
  • The company might release the Nintendo Switch pro this year, rumors say
  • Nintendo has not confirmed anything related to the rumored new Switch console

Switch, Nintendo's hybrid gaming console, is surpassing the company's expectations. Since its official release, it has already sold 80 million units. Despite the launch of new generation gaming consoles such as Xbox Series X and PS5, the hybrid gaming console shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, analysts predict that the Japanese gaming giant will maintain this feat by introducing a more powerful version that could be called Super Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Pro.

Although the company has not made any confirmation that the Nintendo Switch Pro is in the works, rumors and leaks about the console are popping up online almost weekly. While none of these are official, there are several leaked and rumored features that industry watchers believe could be true. 

Among these is the native 4K visuals, according to GamingBolt. It appears that most, if not all, leaks about the upcoming hybrid console indicate that it would support 4K visuals when connected to a TV or in docked mode. Next-gen consoles offer 4K visuals and with the Nintendo Switch that caps out at 1080p, it seems that the company is addressing this issue with the introduction of the new version.

Since it hit stores in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has become a huge global seller Since it hit stores in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has become a huge global seller Photo: AFP / Kazuhiro NOGI

Another rumor that could possibly end up being true is the Deep Learning Super Sampling system or DLSS that the device would reportedly feature. This technology will enable the Switch Pro to deliver the 4K visuals on TV mode, an earlier report from Bloomberg said. Apparently, a reliable industry insider mentioned that the upcoming gaming system would feature the Nvidia Ada Lovelace GPU to achieve this. This claim could also back rumors that the gaming system would deliver better performance.

Rumors have it that the Ada Lovelace is just a code name of the company's next graphics series, following the Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 lineup. The component is also anticipated to offer better ray-tracing capabilities aside from its support to DLSS technology.

In addition to the features mentioned above, another rumor about the Switch Pro that might be true is the OLED screen. The Japanese gaming giant has reportedly partnered with Samsung for new OLED panels for the new Switch. This new screen is expected to consume less battery while delivering better contrast and image quality.

It is worth noting, however, that these are rumors and leaks and are not official details, therefore fans should manage their expectations.