Nintendo Switch Pro is the rumor that just won’t die. We’ve been hearing rumblings of a new and improved Switch model ever since the original launched. Most recently, there was a lot of buzz about a Switch Pro with 4K and DLSS just before E3. Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki (who had been predicting a Switch Pro since 2019) put out a series of reports that suggested it would be unveiled in time for E3. But E3 came and went without a big reveal, and a month later Switch OLED was revealed instead. Mochizuki has since put out another article where he attempts to clarify the situation. According to his latest report, at least 11 studios are working with a 4K Switch dev kit… but the actual console might never release.
Update (8:12 pm Eastern): Nintendo previously issued a statement to Bloomberg calling their reporting inaccurate. They have since issued a public statement to investors that is much more thorough. It reads as follows:
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. We also want to restate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will launch on October 8, 2021.
4K Switch dev kits?
Mochizuki and Bloomberg are reporting that sources at 11 different studios are working with 4K Switch dev kits. These companies “span the globe, ranging from large publishers to small studios,” and one of them is Zynga. The report goes on to state that Nintendo originally planned to announce a 4K Switch earlier, but plans changed due to COVID and the chip shortage. They have reportedly asked development partners to start working on 4K games, but it’s not clear if or when they’ll actually launch a device that supports it.
At one point, Bloomberg cites “people familiar with plans” who say a 4K Switch won’t launch until late 2022 at the earliest. The article ends by noting that Nintendo could ultimately change their mind and not release a Switch Pro at all, but that doing so would be a burden to developers who have “expended considerable resources.” Although Bloomberg spoke with 11 studios with 4K Switch dev kits, they suspect the full number is much larger. When asked for comment, Nintendo told Bloomberg their reporting was inaccurate but declined to give any further specifics.
Take it all with a grain of salt
As with all reports that Nintendo hasn’t confirmed, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Reports about Switch Pro have been numerous and ever-changing, and this isn’t Bloomberg’s first go at it. And if studios do have 4K Switch dev kits, that doesn’t guarantee that a Switch Pro is close. Dev Kits can go out quite a long time in advance, and Nintendo isn’t under much pressure to rush a new product to market. Switch OLED isn’t even out yet, after all.