Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Nintendo is reported to have provided a 4K-enabled development kit despite the lack of Switch Pro.

When the Switch OLED was first announced in the summer, fans and observers also noticed a lack of overall improvement in the base model. The Switch OLED had a much better screen, but it lacked a 4K display and improved the processor, which had long been rumored to be part of the so-called Switch Pro.

Nevertheless, it seems that multiple developers around the world have access to a development kit that enables 4K graphics on the Nintendo Switch. Bloomberg Nintendo reports that it has sent the kit to the developers asking them to create a game that supports higher resolution games. It’s unclear if Nintendo’s original intentions have changed due to the ongoing chip shortage caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Nintendo called the report “inaccurate,” but refused to elaborate further. Developers are reportedly hoping that the 4K game will be released in the second half of 2022.

Switch Pro has been rumored since it was first mentioned in parallel with the Switch Lite console, at least in 2019. Rumors of including 4K graphics and Nvidia’s improved processor gained momentum earlier this year, but were eventually shattered when Nintendo announced the Switch OLED. Nonetheless, rumors continue that Nintendo is preparing an improved version of the switch that can support more modern graphics.

For now, Nintendo is focusing on the Switch OLED, which will be released early next month. I actually used the new console and praised the new screen, but noticed that there were no material upgrades elsewhere. The price is $ 350, an increase of $ 50 from the base model.

Nintendo Switch OLED Hands-on Preview Gallery

Nintendo Switch continues to perform well, even as the graphics get older. Switch OLEDs are sold out at almost every retail store, and upgraded consoles are now priced $ 100 higher than eBay’s suggested retail price.

When it comes to Switch Pro, it remains a mysterious and unrealized dream, among both fans and developers. “There are no plans to launch other models at this time,” Nintendo said. Switch OLED will be available on October 8th.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor.