Rumors have been swirling about a forthcoming new console from Nintendo, possibly called the Switch Pro. It is said to be a bit larger and more powerful, but now, we’re hearing about a possible feature that could be a changer for Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid.
While Nintendo’s console contemporaries — like the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and modern gaming PCs — can game in
Nvidia’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is the technology in question, which was originally designed for PC graphics cards, like the company’s GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. The Switch Pro won’t have the graphical prowess required to support
DLSS to date has been an exclusive technology on PC graphics cards, as the software-based technology relies on machine learning and A.I. to upscale images by using the power of the tensor cores found on Nvidia’s discrete GPUs. Essentially, DLSS allows the game to upscale a lower resolution game image to
So, how will the rumored Switch Pro use DLSS? Well, the current Nintendo Switch relies on an Nvidia-made ARM-based Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC), and it appears that Nintendo would turn to its silicon partner once again for the Switch Pro’s processor. As an Nvidia-exclusive technology, this would be a requirement to use DLSS. It would, however, be the first time DLSS would come to a processor that uses an ARM-based design. The implementation of how DLSS would work with ARM is unclear, but it seems to be a solution the company has been working on.
Nvidia’s ambition to port DLSS 2.0 to Tegra shouldn’t come as a surprise. The company had posted a job listing in 2020 for “a Senior Embedded Software Engineer for the Tegra Solutions Engineering team to work on next generation graphics and A.I. technologies for
The same report suggests that new code will require DLSS to work, as it does currently on PC games. Unfortunately, this means that game developers will have to enable DLSS for titles to take advantage of the boosted
In addition to UHD support, the new Switch Pro will also ship with a new OLED panel that’s said to be manufactured by Samsung Display for its 7-inch screen, which should be an upgrade from the LCD display on the current model.
Industry insiders anticipate the Switch Pro could launch as early as the holiday shopping season at the end of the year, but the timing for a debut of Nintendo’s updated console is just speculation for now.
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