Nintendo Switch at an angle
TL;DR
  • Nintendo’s next Switch model will purportedly gain a new chipset with new CPU cores.
  • The console is also said to gain DLSS tech for 4K gaming when connected to a TV.

We’ve heard rumors of a new Nintendo Switch for several months now, and a report earlier this month pointed to 4K support and a 7-inch OLED screen. Now, it seems like more details have emerged regarding the purported upgrade.

Bloomberg claims that the upgraded Nintendo Switch model will be equipped with a new Nvidia chipset, citing sources familiar with the situation. It further alleges that the new chipset will have a better CPU and increased memory.

New CPU cores would be a long overdue upgrade for the Switch processor, as the Nvidia Tegra X1 uses Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores that debuted in smartphones back in 2015. Upgraded CPU cores would theoretically enable faster performance in CPU-bound games and faster loading times in general. There’s no word on other SoC details, such as the GPU and whether this is an all-new design. But this wouldn’t be the only big upgrade for the upcoming console, according to Bloomberg.

The publication further claims that the upgraded Switch will support Nvidia’s DLSS technology, which uses neural networks to upscale graphics. The outlet’s sources say this tech will allow the new Switch model to hit 4K resolutions when connected to a TV.

These sources add that because DLSS requires code to be added by developers, it’ll mainly be used to improve visuals on upcoming games. This isn’t new technology either, as Nvidia’s recent PC graphics cards support this feature, enabling a significant resolution boost without requiring a ton of horsepower.

A Bloomberg analyst also suggested the upgraded console could be priced at $349.99 to $399.99, making for a $50 to $100 premium over the current model. Would you buy the new Switch model for $100 more? Let us know by taking the poll above.