NVIDIA's DLSS source code leak may have confirmed the Nintendo Switch Pro
NVIDIA suffered a massive data breach this weekend, including the leak of the source code of its DLSS software. However, NVIDIA may not be the only company affected by the breach. Some terms contained within the leaked code may point to the existence of a new version of Nintendo’s Switch console.
Buried within the DLSS 2.2 source code that was leaked over the weekend are mentions of “NVN2,” which may relate to a new version of the Nintendo Switch. The original Switch’s graphics API is codenamed “NVN,” so references to NVN2 could very likely mean the graphics API of an updated or revised version of Nintendo’s popular hybrid console.
The presence of “NVN2” in the source code was broadcast by Twitter user @NWPlayer123, who also claims that there are references to Nvidia’s T234 and T239. The T234 refers to the Orin SoC from NVIDIA. Last June, rumors were flying that the rumored Switch Pro would use an Nvidia T239, which is a customized version of the T234 that would be built specifically for the console.
Lastly, considering Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently stated that the “Switch is just in the middle of its lifecycle,” it’s more likely that this leak points to a “Pro” version of the Switch rather than a completely new device.
There have been countless rumors swirling about the next Nintendo Switch for years at this point, so take all of this with a huge grain of salt. However, it would not be out of the ordinary for Nintendo to release a more powerful Switch Pro in the next year or two, considering that seems to be the new norm for home consoles. Time will tell if these new rumors have any meat to them or if they are nothing but empty air.