The Nintendo Switch Pro is confirmed, rumors are sprouting up like mushrooms in “Super Mario”. We have compiled the most important speculations about the controller, display and price.
Nintendo has written a success story with the Switch and has sold around 85 million consoles worldwide since its release in March 2017. Games also go like hotcakes – the Japanese were able to sell 587 million copies. In the past few months, rumors from various corners of the world have intensified, but now the so-called Nintendo Switch Pro finally seems to be confirmed: The display manufacturer Universal Display Corp revealed details about the console’s screen in a report .
Nintendo Switch Pro: OLED display is considered safe
In the above-mentioned report from Universal Display Corp, it is stated that Nintendo has given the Switch Pro an OLED screen. Smart step, because games become smoother and the colors are displayed more brightly. OLED displays ensure extremely high contrasts and generally enable faster response times. In short: a handheld console with a 144 Hertz OLED display? Think of the sound Mario makes when he picks up a gold coin. Incidentally, this message fits rumors, which came up in March 2021: At that time, the US news portal Bloomberg reported, citing insider sources, that an OLED version of the Nintendo Switch was in the works. Now we at least know that it could be the Nintendo Switch Pro. But all of this is still uncertain. It remains to be seen when Nintendo will break its silence and officially announce or deny the Nintendo Switch Pro.
Dock with new features
Not only the handheld console is being repainted, but also the docking station – at least if you believe the rumors. After all, several sources agree on the following: Allegedly, the console is given a LAN socket, so that downloads in the future would be fast and largely trouble-free. Multiplayer also benefits from lower pings and more stable connections. Great: The USB sockets have also been upgraded and should be upgraded to USB 3.0.
No information on the E3
Nintendo officially announced on Twitter that there will be no information about the Nintendo Switch Pro as part of the virtual E3 (June 12-15, 2021). The planned forty-minute presentation should focus on upcoming games. Maybe the Japanese will surprise us and still officially announce the console. It remains exciting.
Switch Pro: Notes on 4K and Nvidia chip
Back to the display: Not much is known about the screen’s native resolution, but there is solid evidence that it will at least get sharp on the TV. Allegedly, programmers found 4K video output options in the code of the Switch operating system. The Nintendo Switch Pro could send a 4K signal to the TV via a special dock. Since the current switch cannot display 4K, this must be a kind of test procedure or preparation for the next generation. In addition, the console apparently has better cooling and longer battery life. This is probably due to the built-in chip, which is supposed to be based on the Tegra X1 + from Nvidia. Rumor has it that Nintendo has been working on the revamped new edition for two years and uses the code name “Aula” internally. The performance boost is comparable to that from the PlayStation 4 to the PlayStation 4 Pro. Officially, nothing of this has yet been confirmed: The information should therefore be treated with caution.
Nintendo Switch Pro: patent on new controller
Nintendo has secured a patent at the responsible US office. This is the controller that the Switch Pro may use. A drawing of the layout of the buttons can be seen on the website. Instead of four individual buttons, the controller has a control pad that is placed higher up on the stick. Another innovation: The menu button has been omitted, but two other buttons have appeared. An indication of new functions?
Nintendo Super Switch instead of Switch Pro?
The name of the upcoming Nintendo product is also unclear. Certain industry experts apparently call the Switch Pro Super Switch. Super Switch? The usually well-informed Brazilian journalist Pedro Henrique Lutti Lippe is not the first gaming insider to come up with this name. The leaker Tyler McVicker already spoke in October 2020 about a super switch in connection with “Breathe of the Wild 2”. Unfortunately, it remains an unconfirmed rumor for the time being.
Nintendo Switch Pro: release and prices
Nothing concrete can currently be said about the possible release of the console and the price of the device. The news agency Bloomberg claims that the console will go on sale in 2021, but that is currently rather unlikely. The mining boom, the release of the next-gen consoles and the pandemic are creating an extreme demand for chips. The most likely date is probably the spring of 2022. The price should be around 350 to 400 euros. Just recently, a French dealer listed the console for around 400 euros – is that really the final price? Remains to be seen.