The Nvidia-powered Nintendo Switch Pro has been a hot topic of rumors for quite a while now. Hints and leaks have cropped up from time to time over the past couple of years. However, recent leaks seem to hint at the legitimacy of the long-awaited version of Nintendo’s popular handheld console.
Source code for Nvidia’s DLSS AI image reconstruction technique has been leaked and references have been found to an “NVN2”. What is interesting here is that NVN is the name of the API (Application Programming Interface; a medium allowing communication between applications) used by the Nintendo Switch.
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This implies that a Switch Pro using NVN2 would also use DLSS upscaling technology. It basically uses dedicated graphics hardware to scale images from lower resolutions.
So far, everything seems to match previous Switch rumors. For example, leaks from last year suggested that the Switch Pro would be based on the Tegra Orin chipset, originally made for self-driving cars. He is also codenamed “Black Knight”.
The Orin features graphics hardware based on the Ampere architecture and DLSS is only supported on Turing (RTX 2xxx) and higher graphics cards from Nvidia (Ampere is the successor to Turing).
This follows a recent cyberattack on Nvidia by hackers calling themselves LAPSU$ (or Lapsus), who stole more than 1TB of confidential information from the graphics technology maker.
All things considered, it would be safe to say that there is too much smoke for the Switch Pro to be a fluke at this point. Truth be told, the 2015 Tegra X1 chipset in the Switch is starting to show its age, and some games (like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Hitman 3) have relied on cloud streaming to run on the platform. Nintendo would certainly benefit from this step forward.
As their competitors (the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles) mature under the developer’s care, future games will also advance when it comes to graphical grunt. So if the Japanese gaming giant wants to keep up with third-party support and get the latest games, this seems like the most logical choice for them.
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