Nintendo shuts down rumours about a 4K Switch being launched later this year
Rumours about a Nintendo Switch with a 4K support and an Nvidia Lovelace GPU have been around for quite some time now. A recent Bloomberg report suggested that Nintendo was handing out similarly-specced devkits to game developers. Nintendo has promptly shut the rumour down via its official Twitter handle. The company reiterates that the only new Nintendo Switch model coming out this year will be the 7-inch OLED model, which will hit shelves on October 7. A Zynga spokesperson also reached out to Bloomberg, stating that the company had received no such device.
There is, however, a glimmer of hope for all the Nintendo Switch fans out there. Companies are known to flat out deny rumours about unreleased products and officially announce them later. It is entirely possible that Nintendo is working on a 4K-capable Switch, but it won't be released anytime soon. Even the Bloomberg report speculated that the 4K Nintendo Switch wasn't due to be launched in 2021.
The current-generation Nintendo Switch (and the Nintendo Switch OLED, too, in all likelihood) uses a dated Nvidia Tegra SoC, which will have a hard time outputting 4K video. An upgraded SoC is a must, at this point, more so because the Switch is aeons behind the competition when it comes to visual fidelity. Support for Nvidia DLSS is also in the books, apparently. An Nvidia Lovelace GPU will solve both these problems and bring the Nintendo Switch on to speed with current-generation consoles.
A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true. (1/2)— 任天堂株式会社（企業広報・IR） (@NintendoCoLtd) September 30, 2021