Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Disassembly suggests that the Switch OLED dock is 4K 60fps-ready and “proof of the future”

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It has been suggested that the dock that ships with the Switch OLED can output 4K 60fps.

Claims come from YouTuber Nintendo Prime, I was able to get the console prior to the official release on Friday. Comparing the revised dock with the original dock, we found that not only did the dock itself have the HDMI 2.0 controller needed for 4K output, but the included cables were also 4K capable.

By comparison, the HDMI controller in the original dock, like the included cable, complies with the older HDMI 1.4 standard and does not support 4K 60fps.

The Nintendo Prime has an ARM-based chip on the dock’s motherboard, but it doesn’t have the power needed to upscale a 1080p image to 4K, so upscaling needs to be handled by a more powerful switch console. I point out that there is.

These findings may suggest that Nintendo essentially guaranteed the dock in the future ahead of another hardware iteration that could introduce 4K 60fps. At the end of last month, 11 developers told Bloomberg anonymously that they had a 4K development kit and were creating a game to achieve that resolution. This is a quick and publicly denied claim by Nintendo.

A day later, a patent was published suggesting that Nintendo is working on a unique upscaling technology similar to Nvidia’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling).

All of this naturally fits the rumors that Nintendo is working on the “Switch Pro” system. Insider insists It will be released next year. Was SwitchOLED supposed to be SwitchPro, and was the ongoing global chip shortage causing Nintendo to rethink its plans? Or perhaps the company always planned to release an OLED model as a way to update the “base” model of the console, ahead of the more powerful Pro variants on the market?

Probably-and this isn’t the most exciting theory of all of them-Nintendo chose to use the more commonly available HDMI 2.0 version because it’s hard to get HDMI 1.4 cables and controllers these days. Did you do it? Please let us know what you think below.