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Nintendo tells developers to ready their games for 4K as it ups Switch production by 20%

4K gaming could be on the way to the Nintendo Switch. (Image source: IGN)
4K gaming could be on the way to the Nintendo Switch. (Image source: IGN)
4K gaming could be on the way to the Nintendo Switch, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apparently, Nintendo has asked developers to make their games 4K-ready, implying that the company could be bringing a 4K console to market for the first time. Production of existing consoles has been increased by 20%, too.
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Rumours have been circulating for a while now that Nintendo plans to release a Pro version of the Switch, although none have come to fruition. The FCC recently certified a new revision of the Switch, but this will not bring many tangible changes to the console that Nintendo released almost three years ago.

However, Takashi Mochizuki has added fresh fuel to the fire that Nintendo plans to release a more powerful console soon. Writing on Bloomberg, Mochizuki stated the following:

Several outside game developers, speaking anonymously as the issue is private, said that Nintendo has asked them to make their games 4K-ready, suggesting a resolution upgrade is on its way.

It is unclear in what form this 4K console will take. However, NVIDIA recently advertised for a Senior Embedded Graphics Engineer in which it stated that it is working towards bringing DLSS 2.0 support to its Tegra chips. Digital Foundry published a piece about what DLSS upscaling could bring to the Nintendo Switch earlier this year, which is worth a read if you have not already done so.

Whether that comes off remains to be seen, but Mochizuki also stated that Nintendo has increased production of the Switch "by another 20%". This uplift would bring Nintendo to around 30 million Switch units for this fiscal year. According to Mochizuki, this 5 million or so increase puts Nintendo's operating factories at 120% capacity, which cannot be sustainable in the long term.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-09- 9 (Update: 2020-09- 9)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.