Nintendo Switch Pro rumored to launch in 2021 with 4K graphics support

A new Switch model with improved features could be coming next year.

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The ongoing coronavirus has clearly had a profound impact on Nintendo, as the company has been remarkably quiet in the latter half of 2020. With production being slowed by the virus, it’s likely that several projects are seeing internal delays. However, recent reports suggest that the company is secretly at work on a new model for the Nintendo Switch, with  plans to release in 2021.

First reported by Bloomberg, Nintendo is looking to create a new model of the Switch that will be able to compete alongside the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X. With the next-gen consoles touting some impressive tech, it only makes sense that Nintendo would want to upgrade their modest hybrid device from 2017. 

According to the report, Nintendo is exploring the possibility of manufacturing the console with a 4K display and HD graphics. There is no reported price range, but we imagine the “Switch Pro” will come in at a higher price than its predecessor did at $299 a few years back.

Interestingly enough, the story also claims that Nintendo is planning to release some high-profile titles in 2021 to draw in consumers. What really sold the Switch over the past few years was its software. With games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate destroying sales records, it's clear that games should be at the forefront of Nintendo’s strategy. Specific games are yet to be revealed, but knowing that titles like Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are on the way, the potential is quite exciting. 

If Nintendo really is planning on releasing a Switch Pro in 2021, we expect to hear the news from the horse's mouth sometime in the near future. If official word comes, you can expect to read all about it right here on Shacknews.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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    August 25, 2020 8:35 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Nintendo Switch Pro rumored to launch in 2021 with 4K graphics support

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      August 25, 2020 9:29 AM

      Please call it Switch Advance or SwitchU or the SwitchU Advance DS!

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        August 25, 2020 9:32 AM

        New Switch LiteU!

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        August 25, 2020 9:34 AM

        No, it needs to be Super Nintendo Switch

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          August 25, 2020 9:40 AM

          Advance > Super

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            August 25, 2020 9:43 AM

            I will fight you

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              August 25, 2020 10:05 AM

              En garde !
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            August 25, 2020 9:45 AM

            I mean I love the GBA - that should be clear from my post history - but how could you not go with 'Super Nintendo Switch' if it was an option?

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              August 25, 2020 10:03 AM

              I guess they prefer that since it's a handheld device too

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              August 25, 2020 3:41 PM

              The New Super Nintendo Switch Advance Lite!

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            August 25, 2020 8:11 PM

            Yes, but starting with Super gives them room to grow to Advance, just as it happened before.

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        August 25, 2020 10:07 AM

        SwitchCubeU64

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        August 25, 2020 1:29 PM

        Ultra Switchcube 64 XL

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        August 25, 2020 3:55 PM

        Nintendo Switchty Four

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        August 25, 2020 5:04 PM

        If it's rack mountable, it can be the Switch Blade!

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        August 25, 2020 5:06 PM

        switchii

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      August 25, 2020 9:31 AM

      will it have netflix

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        August 25, 2020 6:06 PM

        It's nintendo so no, they wouldn't do something smart like that. It'll probably have a headphone jack - but it'll be 2.5mm too.

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          August 25, 2020 6:07 PM

          Oh and you can add bluetooth headset support with a USB dongle.....

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      August 25, 2020 9:33 AM

      If it doesn't run stuff at a better frame rate, then meh. That's the issue with Switch's hardware, I think.

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        August 25, 2020 9:34 AM

        I would wager that Nintendo's first-party titles run at a higher average framerate than Sony or Microsoft's.

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          August 25, 2020 1:08 PM

          It's the issue with Microsoft and Sony hardware too.

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      August 25, 2020 9:52 AM

      lol no way that thing will push 4K.. might have 4K output but no chance games will run at Native 4K.

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        August 25, 2020 10:01 AM

        yeah unless they make this thing cost way more than nintendo charges normally for a console it's not happening.

        but there's no reason why 1440p60 or 60+fps isnt possible within their price range, even on the go. the games released for this thing are hardly intensive by any stretch of the imagination.


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        August 25, 2020 11:30 AM

        Games, no. Video playback, big yes.

        Misleading on Nintendo's part to draw attention to 4k. The games would run at single digit FPS if they even tried to handle that. I do know a lot of the ported games have dynamic resolution scaling to keep things smooth, but I don't see that helping the 4k cause at all. 100% going to be exclusive to media playback.

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          August 25, 2020 11:37 AM

          Nintendo isn't drawing attention to any of this.

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        August 25, 2020 1:04 PM

        if they use DLSS 2.0 or some other nvidia reconstruction tech, they could push some nice image quality at decent performance.

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          August 25, 2020 1:16 PM

          None of the Tegra chips have Tensor cores so that would be a nope! DLSS 2.0 isn't just software needs the AI Hardware Acceleration to go with it.

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            August 25, 2020 1:22 PM

            I know, just throwing it out there in case there was a hardware revision.

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            August 25, 2020 6:13 PM

            Non of the current Tegra chips. I still think they've been working on the next chip since Nintendo approached them about the Switch in the first place. Means they've had a full dev cycle plus refinement for a next chip with all of their tensor musings. Maybe.

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        August 25, 2020 4:53 PM

        I mean, that's my best guess just like XBO-S added 4k output with no major change in hardware.

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      August 25, 2020 12:25 PM

      It's gonna be the New Switch 4000 Advanced

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      August 25, 2020 2:28 PM

      is there even a nvidia chip for this

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      August 25, 2020 2:32 PM

      Switch360

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      August 25, 2020 2:40 PM

      Switch Series X 360 S Edition Pro

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      August 25, 2020 3:30 PM

      Someday when I'm old and all of the NDAs I have signed with them over the years have expired, I should publish a book about some of the batshit crazy things they have worked on that never saw the light of day. Amazing company that can be completely baffling at the same time.

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        August 25, 2020 3:34 PM

        I’d read it. Work with Craddock!!

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          August 25, 2020 6:14 PM

          Yup.. Make notes now and sign an agreement with Craddock. He's great at this stuff.

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      August 25, 2020 5:02 PM

      Switch 6000 SUX

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      August 25, 2020 7:13 PM

      The thing that's interesting to me is that there's no obvious hardware that NVIDIA makes that would fit a Switch successor. I wonder what it'll be?

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      August 25, 2020 7:14 PM

      Still no good third party stuff that isn't ports from 5-10 years ago

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      August 25, 2020 7:23 PM

      4k graphics means theyll show a still 4k image at 5fps.

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      August 25, 2020 8:13 PM

      So, there goes our chance at N64 games this generation

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