Several video game developers have reportedly been asked by Nintendo to make their games 4K-ready, as rumours of a Switch Pro intensify.
Just a day after Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series S, which cannot run games at native 4K, a new rumour has emerged suggesting that Nintendo has already asked developers to make their games ‘4K-ready’.
The Bloomberg report claims that ‘several’ third party developers, speaking under cover of anonymity, have said the same thing, implying that Nintendo is planning a new, more powerful version of the Switch.
The current models certainly cannot handle native 4K and there’s never been any indication they can output upscaled 4K either, although it’s unclear which option Nintendo might be planning for the mythical Swich Pro model.
The same report also claims that Nintendo has just instructed its hardware partners to increase production of the Switch by 20%, for an unofficial 12-month target of 30 million units.
Factories are supposedly now working at 120%, and that’s before production of the Switch Pro, or whatever it will be called, has begun.
Bloomberg describes Nintendo as ‘making preparations for an upgraded Switch model and a beefed-up games line-up for 2021’, which echoes reports from last month, which included a Taipei newspaper article suggesting local suppliers have already been briefed on the new hardware.
A recently discovered patent also revealed new designs for the Joy-Con controllers, which do not attach to a console and whose purpose is not yet clear.
Although Nintendo has become very unpredictable of late, announcing games such as Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity without any warning, it’s extremely unlikely that they would confirm the Switch Pro’s existence this year.
If it’s not being released this Christmas, as the reports suggest, then Nintendo will not want to do anything to put people off buying a Switch this year, leaving the official reveal until sometime in 2021.
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