Nintendo May Turn to Nvidia's DLSS for Better Graphics on the Rumored Switch Revamp

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Earlier this month, rumors surfaced that Nintendo plans to release a revamped Switch console sometime later this year. Now, a new report is claiming that Nintendo may leverage Nvidia’s DLSS tech to help support better graphics.

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So far, info regarding Nintendo’s upcoming Switch revamp has been relatively light on details, with planned upgrades largely revolving around the move to a higher quality 720p AMOLED built-in display and support for 4K video output while docked.

Now, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg, it seems Nintendo is also planning to rely on a new or refreshed Nvidia processor with possible support for Nvidia’s DLSS tech to deliver higher-quality graphics.

DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling is an advanced graphics rendering process that typically renders graphics at a lower resolution, and then uses AI and other techniques to upsample graphics to a higher resolution, thereby reducing the performance hit needed to produce high-def graphics. Depending on the content or the specific title, DLSS has been known to boost framerates by as much as 75% to 100%—which on a portable device already constrained by its size and design could result in some pretty significant performance gains.

The potential downside is that for games to full take advantage of DLSS, they will need to be updated with new code or instructions, which means support for DLSS may only show up in future games and may not be backported to existing titles. Aside from support for DLSS, Bloomberg says Nvidia’s new chipset will also feature a faster CPU and support more memory, which is always a good thing.

While Nintendo has yet to officially confirm the arrival of a higher-end Switch model, Bloomberg and other sources claim the updated Switch could go on sale as early as the 2021 holiday season. Pricing is also unknown; however, between a new OLED display and faster components, many are expecting this new Switch to command a $50 to $100 premium over the current $300 Switch.

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The one thing that could throw a serious wrench into Nintendo’s plans is the current global chip crunch, which has been limiting the availability of a wide range of gadgets including GPUs, mobile processors, automotive chips, and of course, video game consoles. So while there’s a fair bit of time before the holiday roll around, it’s probably anyone’s guess if Nintendo will actually be able to release a new Switch before the end of the year.

Senior reporter at Gizmodo, formerly Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag. Was an archery instructor and a penguin trainer before that.

DISCUSSION

quasichoado
Quasichoado

I’ve gotta say I find it absolutely insane that Nintendo would keep the screen on this 720p. You’re talking about creating a platform that is capable of outputting at 4k on a big screen (DLSS or no) but you keep your on-board display, which I would argue sees at LEAST 50% use time for most owners (100% for me personally) 3 steps backwards in resolution scale?

And before anyone starts to make the argument - yes you ABSOLUTELY can tell the difference on a screen that size unless you are holding it a complete arm’s length away from your face. You’d hate your phone if you had to step down to 720p and look at that jagged text all day long. Saying a person can’t see the difference is some Apple “Retina Display” level of bullshit.

The only real argument against upgrading to a minimum of 1080p on this is battery life, and I personally would gladly sacrifice this and use a portable battery for backup instead.