Fanciful Nintendo Switch Pro rumors encompass AMD rejection, Nvidia DLSS locking, Xbox Game Pass inclusion, and unavailable 120 fps at 720p capability
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The Big N has still not announced a Switch Pro or Super Nintendo Switch console and yet there is still plenty of talk about the machine. While some have even questioned its existence due to Nintendo’s current silence on the matter, it seems very likely there is actually a Switch sequel in the works. These latest rumors apparently come out of Taiwan, via a Korean-language forum, and they are sketchy at best, so do retain a good level of skepticism here. While it almost seems like the original poster threw out as much information as possible with the hope that some of it would be accurate, the speculation is certainly intriguing.
The poster claims that the processor being used in the Nintendo Switch Pro is based on a 5 nm design, whereas the Nvidia Tegra X1 in the current Switch model utilized 20 nm (16 nm for the Tegra X1+). Apparently, the GPU part can clock at 1 GHz, which is a good bump over the clock speed of the original Switch console that can reach a maximum rate of 768 MHz. The commenter then moved on to screen resolution and frame rates, stating that when used in portable mode the Switch Pro had the capability to offer 120 fps at 720p. However, some unmentioned issues have led to that rate being reduced to a more believable 60 fps.
In docked mode, the Nintendo Switch Pro has purportedly been optimized for 1440p gameplay. Nvidia’s DLSS technology is also included in the list of claims, with the poster reckoning that it will either be utilized during docked mode or completely locked at launch time, again because of unspecified issues. Devkits have supposedly already gone out to game developers, and there is space left in the post to remind everyone of the frequent rumor about Xbox Game Pass being made available for the Nintendo Switch successor.
Arguably the most controversial comment, which is the one that has led many forum posters to declare the whole statement as fake, is that Nintendo wanted an AMD chip inside the Switch Pro, much like the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. The two companies apparently were discussing this possibility up to three years ago, but disagreements led to the Japanese firm hitting up Nvidia once again. While on the surface this seems quite unlikely, there is the possibility that Nintendo could have simply been weighing up all its options before turning to Team Green for the Switch Pro’s SoC.