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Switch 2 With a New Chip From NVIDIA? Nintendo Rumors Gathered (Update #1)

Nintendo fans watch out: The Switch 2 details are getting clearer. More performance, features and the release date? We gathered some rumors.

The first Switch still enjoys great popularity today, especially because of its entertainment factor and hybrid nature. However, some titles run under their full potential, and the desire for a Switch 2 is growing. Find all Nintendo rumors in our article.

It is unlikely that Nintendo will release a successor for the popular hybrid console very soon. The Nintendo Switch OLED has only been on the market for a year. But considering that the first Switch has been on the market for almost six years, there is no doubt that they are already working on a new console.

 

Update, December 28, 2022

As part of a weekly podcast, the technology experts from Digital Foundry, which is a very trustworthy source, also shared their thoughts on the Nintendo Switch console. which is very much getting on in years. Until now, it was assumed that Nintendo’s popular console, which has already sold over 120 million units, would soon be released in the form of a Nintendo Switch Pro with improved hardware. However, the guys over at DF have a different opinion.

 

Switch 2 release date could be 2024

In the podcast from Digital Foundry, tech expert John Linnemann comments on the topic and reveals to us that work on a Pro version has been stopped in favor of a true successor console. A Switch 2 release date can probably be expected in 2024. At the same time, he emphasized that Nintendo is justifiably nervous and that the developers are being cautious when it comes to creating a successor (remember the big flop of the Wii U). Finally, a ray of hope at the end of the long waiting tunnel.

 

Original Article September 22, 2022

The Nintendo rumors about a successor to the Switch are in full swing. The Switch 2 is expected to support 4K and have a higher battery life. In addition, the processor performance should also be significantly increased. There are currently even some further indications for the latter. Rumors have intensified that Nintendo’s new console will use an improved version of NVIDIA’s current mobile chip.

In this image, we see the Nintendo Switch in the total view from an oblique perspective with white Joy-Cons in the hands of a person lying on a lounger outdoors. Behind the Switch, the legs of the person playing can be seen wrapped in a turquoise towel and running out of the picture to the right. The towel contrasts with the white lounger we see in the crop. Further in the background, a turquoise floor is shown. The person is playing a Zelda title on the Switch, and we see the protagonist Link in third-person view at the bottom left of the screen with blond hair and a bow in his hand, running through a light-flooded yellow valley.
Nintendo Switch Handheld Mode (Source: Nintendo)

 

A new NVIDIA chip?

It is possible that the Switch 2 comes with significantly better performance. According to an article on wccftech.com, the existence of the NVIDIA Tegra239 chip could be confirmed by a comment of a developer, which was found in a list of the company. This also revealed that it will be an 8-core CPU chip.

 

More Nintendo rumors: The Switch 2 with Orin processor?

The Tegra239 chip, confirmed by the comment, is a special version of the “Orin” generation. Released by NVIDIA in early 2022, this chip has many times more computing cores than the chip of Nintendo’s current Switch. In addition, Orin also enables new features like the AI-supported scaling process DLSS, which could provide higher resolutions, as well as Ray Tracing. Even with the current smallest variant from NVIDIA, the Switch would get a much better graphics quality. This should be able to further narrow the gap in the performance difference to PlayStation and also Xbox.

The Nintendo Switch can be seen centrally in the docking station in total view against a red background. Behind the console, slightly raised and in a slight crop, is a large LCD screen with the Nintendo logo in white. On the screen behind the logo is a dark background with several overlapping colorful blurred circles. Immediately to the right of the docking station is a Switch controller seen in total view consisting of two Joy-Cons. The left Joy-Con has a turquoise color, which is already plugged in. The right one has a red color and is about to be plugged in. Underneath, it says "Nintendo Switch" in white capital letters. It remains to be seen whether the Switch 2 will also look like this.
Nintendo Switch (Source: Nintendo)

Is there a Switch 2 release date known?

It is believed that the successor will probably be released in 2024 (Source). Furthermore, information has supposedly been leaked showing that Nintendo is investing significantly in more raw materials, which could be an indication that the Switch 2 is indeed in the production phase and a release isn’t far off at all. However, there is no solid evidence of a concrete date so far. It is still pure speculation.

After the recent announcements via Nintendo Direct, we are curious about what solid information might continue to leak out to the public and will continue to provide you with the latest news about the Switch’s successor.

 

Are you also waiting for the Switch 2 and for what improvements do you look forward to? Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments below.


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