Just a few days after Gamescom we heard rumours that Nintendo held private and confidential viewings of its new Switch successor. The so-called Nintendo Switch 2 (not the official name, of course) is expected to launch in 2024 and according to a number of reports, it is quite a beefy piece of tech. More details related to those secret Gamescom viewings have leaked revealing an Unreal Engine 5 tech demo being shown on the device.
According to the report, Nintendo showcased two games during this demo. The first was the Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo which was developed for PS5 during the launch of the recent film. Another report claims that Nintendo showed off a demo of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running at a higher framerate and resolution.
The demos were both reportedly running NVIDIA DLSS upscaling technology and even had ray tracing enabled. One source says that the visuals on display can be closely compared to the power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The unit was running these games at 1080p – the rumoured resolution for the Nintendo Switch successor’s display.
Following up on these leaks, more users who are aware of the hardware chimed in. Universo Nintendo’s editor claims that the hardware was running DLSS 3.1 at the time of the demo. He also says the unit includes 12GB of RAM.
Of course, this report lines up with what we have already heard about the new Nintendo console. We know Nintendo is using NVIDIA tech to develop the unit. We also know Nintendo is going to rely heavily on upscaling to enhance the experience and DLSS will be a selling feature.
Nintendo invested heavily in AI upscaling back in March 2020 when the company filed multiple patents. The patents describe a process of a game running at a set resolution on the battery and upscaling to a higher resolution when plugged in. The patent showed a 540p image upscaled to 1080p. The patent also mentioned 4k upscaling.
Nintendo is expected to showcase its new console in the coming months. Reports claim a full reveal will take place in early 2024 and it will launch in the second half of the year. Given that the Nintendo Switch was released back in 2017, it is about time.