Custom Tegra T239 processor, final dev kits, free next-gen upgrades, and full backwards compatibility: Another Nintendo Switch 2 rumor hits the 4chan fan
Another supposed Nintendo Switch 2 leak has turned up, offering lots of details about the hardware, processor, capabilities, and support. But the source of this leak will obviously detract, because it’s 4chan: For those who bemoan the source of all the following information, there have actually been some real and accurate leaks on the maligned board, although admittedly they are very few and far between. But with some leaked Assassin’s Creed Origins information, Final Fantasy XV details, and the infamous Nintendo Gigaleak incident wholly or partially attributable to 4chan, it’s sometimes worth having a look at what has been offered if the content isn’t wildly outlandish.
First up, there is the implication that the Nintendo Switch 2, NX2, NG Switch, etc. could be out soon. While dev kits can be delivered over a year in advance of a console launch date, the OP states “final hardware and development kits are finally making rounds” – so that’s an “it’s happening” for hardcore fans and cautious optimism for everyone else. Then there is some talk about the shadowy custom Tegra T239 processor (from Nvidia) that supposedly will offer devs the chance to vary its clock profiles so they can focus on either battery life or performance. Figures are given for the T239-based device’s power draw: 28.6 W from the wall and 11 W portable. Keep in mind this is purportedly a dev kit and not the final product. In addition, the Tegra T239’s GPU part can rely on Ampere knowhow for ray-tracing and DLSS visual improvements.
Other figures are peppered throughout the alleged Nintendo Switch 2 leak: 24 gbps HDMI 2.1 support, 4K60 output, 256 GB storage (original Switch: 32/64 GB), and faster removable storage support with read (550 MB/s) and write (480 MB/s) rates apparently matching those of a Samsung Galaxy S22. With full backwards compatibility also reportedly onboard, the source compares the generational leap between the Switch (NX1) and the Switch 2 (“NX2” a contentious label picked apart by NWPlayer123 – see below) as similar to the difference between the Xbox One and Xbox Series. There is a screenshot posted below for those who want to delve further into every morsel that has been cooked up here.
What could excite Nintendo fans the most is the suggestion that all games will be upgraded, either as new games taking native advantage of the Switch 2’s increased power (although expectations should be tempered a little due to the SoC’s likely cutdown status) or older games that are artificially upscaled when the console is docked. It’s heady stuff, and, of course, because of the source there is reason to believe it may all be fantasy. But fortunately, a well-known dataminer on Twitter, NWPlayer123, has said a couple of things about the NG Switch, including that the device is “running on HOS”, the custom Horizon operating system that Nintendo uses on the Switch.
since the NG Switch is still running HOS, it will be very funny when they continue to ignore themes and the other things that people have been asking for— Nikki™ (@NWPlayer123) July 5, 2023