Nintendo Switch successor may offer Xbox Series X-like quick resume feature
Nintendo has recently had a patent published with a typically cumbersome title that hints at an interesting service feature headed for a possible Switch successor. Spotted by Reddit user u/RoyaltyXIII, the filing describes something that appears on the surface to be very similar to the useful Xbox Series X Quick Resume feature. If implemented, it would mean that future Nintendo Switch console owners would be able to switch between games thanks to a “plurality of game programs stored in the storage medium”.
Such a Quick Resume-like feature would most likely require a Nintendo Switch console to be fitted with a very fast SSD, which is something neither the current Switch nor the upcoming Switch OLED offer. There has been argument that the flash storage of the present Switch could support such an Xbox Series X-like feature; however, it’s more likely that the high-speed controllers used in SSDs would be more beneficial for such a stop/start gaming system.
While Nintendo has just literally stated it has “no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model”, this patent does suggest that there is some development in the works that could be linked to either a Switch 2 or Switch Pro successor. Many patents do not come to fruition though, but it does appear to be a feature that would be very popular with gamers. Although the wording of the abstract (see below) is somewhat muddled, it is clear enough to see a possible future Switch console could offer its own version of Quick Resume.