What if I were to tell you that Nintendo is telling game developers world wide to get their games 4K-ready for Switch next year? What does this even mean? Here is what is going on, according to Bloomberg:
The introduction of a more affordable Switch Lite variant in late 2019 helped broaden the machine’s potential audience and Nintendo is making preparations for an upgraded Switch model and a beefed-up games lineup for 2021, Bloomberg News has reported. Several outside game developers, speaking anonymously as the issue is private, said that Nintendo has asked them to make their games 4K-ready, suggesting a resolution upgrade is on its way.
This goes hand in hand with reports from the manufacturing line as well about a 4K Switch in the works. The thing is, can a 4K Switch even happen? Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are 4k capable machines, but even then it’s mostly on the fringe of the power needed to make native 4k at 60fps a reality. How can a new portable platform even compete?
Well, unlike Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, which are using the future big Navi tech, Nintendo is in bed nVidia, who happens to already have a solution to exactly this problem. Nvidia has been known to be working on a new Volta based Tegra chip for some time. They even publicly hired someone earlier this year who is working on a feature set for that chip, namely DLSS 2.0. DLSS 2.0 is a technique that’s exclusive to nVidia that takes RTX tensor cores, often used for Ray-tracing, and re-purposes them for resolution up-scaling and frame buffering. In fact, the up-scaling itself is so impressive, native 720p and 1080p images with DLSS 2.0 moving them into 4K is nearly indiscernible. Here is our video on this news that includes some footage showing this off:
Current reports have this supposed new Switch landing first half of 2020.