In early January, Taiwan media reported that Nintendo plans to release a new model, the Switch Pro, in the middle of this year, with improved processor performance. According to the latest reports, switch new models may still not support 4K games. Media reported that Nintendo’s rumored Switch Pro would not be much better than the current version of switch hardware. In contrast, the increase was modest.
Switch Pro is understood to be no longer using the new TegraX1 plus SoC, but a newly customized Volta architecture SoC, possibly based on a 12nm Xavier chip. Nintendo is said to not be launching a very high-performance Switch, mainly to keep its user base out of the way.
The Switch Pro could be the start of a larger project, perhaps a soft iteration upgrade similar to the Xbox One S’s original Xbox One, rather than a powerful Xbox One X. Nintendo has modified its base Switch model with a new 16nm Tegra X1 Plus SoC to fix a hardware vulnerability (The Switch Lite also uses the chip), without actually changing any original performance specifications. Only battery life and temperature have changed – GPU and CPU clock speeds remain the same.
Media speculated that the new Switch may have a degree of upgrade on the GPU and CPU, making most games 1080P/60FPS, but it is still difficult to implement in 4K games.
In addition, these custom processors are said to have not yet started production, so the new Switch model may not be available this year.