Yesterday, Bloomberg published a new report that once again touched on a so-called 4K Nintendo Switch console being in development. According to Bloomberg, multiple developers have confirmed the existence of the Switch Pro console and even go as far as to claim they have the dev kit for the hardware in their hands.
The report also says that Nintendo themselves have in the past, pushed them to build and create 4K content for the console. This means not only porting older games from the 1080p and 720p versions to 4K but also develop new titles that will take advantage of the hardware. So-called “11 different game companies” have confirmed the 4K Switch dev kit and claim to currently have one in their possession. According to Bloomberg of course.
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Nintendo isn’t having any of this and doesn’t often issue a public statement to clear the air. The official NintendoCoLtd Twitter account claims that the Bloomberg report is false. In addition, they deny supplying tools to developers to work on 4K content for the hardware. Nintendo also says that the company has no plans for any new Nintendo Switch console other than the slightly refined OLED model launching next week. The statement reads:
“A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true.
We also want to restate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will launch on October 8, 2021.”
Bloomberg’s report must be correct. The publication very rarely reports on news and industry rumours without undergoing extensive research and fact-checking before sharing information. However, Nintendo’s statement might also be correct. Perhaps the company did at one stage share a 4K dev kit to developers in order to make content for a console. Whether or not this console is still planned is unclear. Maybe Nintendo had one in its pipeline and decided to scrap the project?
11 sources claim to have the dev kit but none of them states whether or not they are using the kit for future developments. This is where the loophole becomes interesting. Just because something was being developed does not mean it is still happening. Nintendo is also concerned about its OLED Switch launch next week. The company might struggle to sell consoles if gamers know of a better version of the hardware in the works.
The Nintendo Switch OLED console releases on 8 October 2021. Users can pre-order it today for R7,999. Find out more here.