It’s hard to believe, but the Nintendo Switch is more than four years old. The hybrid game console was no powerhouse even when it debuted. Since then, there have been numerous reports that an updated version of the gadget, provisionally dubbed the Nintendo Switch Pro, is on the way.
Nevertheless, on July 6, 2021, Nintendo stunned us all by releasing an OLED model of the Nintendo Switch. This wasn’t a “Pro” model, but still it did come with a few more features over the standard edition. All we know about the so-called Nintendo Switch Pro is included underneath.
Nintendo Switch Pro Release Date
It seems that a lot of the speculations related to a so-called “Nintendo Switch Pro” were truly for the OLED Model. This contains the October release date (the OLED Model comes out on October 8, 2021).
Despite this, there were speculations that a Switch model with the term “Pro” in the name will be released. For instance, a “New Nintendo Switch Pro” was listed incorrectly on the Mexican site of Amazon. This corresponds to the release of the New Nintendo 3DS, an updated version of the Nintendo 3DS. It’s probable that the company’s naming policy will be carried over to the Switch line in the future.
For the time being, we must presume that the reports concerning a Switch Pro refer to the OLED Model. Of course, this doesn’t rule out the chance that a Pro will arrive later, perhaps in 2022 or 2023.
Nintendo Switch Pro Price and Availability
We can anticipate the premium version of the Switch to cost more than the base model and the Lite due to its better hardware and enhanced efficiency. As per Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Matthew Kanterman, the Switch Pro will be at least $100 more costly than the current model.
“$349.99 will increase the value proposition of the device, but I still think Nintendo can drive strong demand even at $399.99.”
Kanterman isn’t the only one. Dr. Serkan Toto, a gaming specialist, predicted that the Switch Pro would cost around $399 in an interview with Gamesindustry.biz.
Nintendo Switch Pro Specs
The bulk of reports seem to concur that 4K resolutions will be supported in docked mode whereby gamers will be enjoying Nintendo Switch Pro 4k and longer battery life. The Nintendo Switch is now equipped with a proprietary Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, a 720p LCD display, and 32GB of storage. The Nintendo Switch received its most recent update in August 2019, which increased the battery life from 6.5 to 9 hours of gameplay. When we used Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to test the battery life increase, we discovered that the amount of game time we could get in before it needed to be recharged doubled.
Details obtained in a prior firmware update for the Nintendo Switch appear to imply that the Pro model will have the same processor as the 2019 Switch base model and the Lite – the Tegra X1+ chipset, according to a well-known data miner, @SciresM. The leak found a project called “Aula,” which suggests that the chipset will deliver better performance by being pushed to higher clocking speeds with better cooling. SciresM also hinted to a significant visual update for the console, including an OLED display and 4K capability in docked mode, all powered by a RealTek chip.
A more recent examination of Switch firmware uncovered the line “4kdp preferred over usb30,” which could imply the possibility of a 4K output over DisplayPort over USB 3.0.
While Taiwan’s Economic Daily News stated that the Nintendo Switch Pro would use Mini-LED technology instead of an OLED display as a more cost-effective alternative, our sources indicate otherwise. Right now, all signs point to Samsung supplying Nintendo with stiff OLED screens.
In an exclusive discussion with us, Ross Young, co-founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, explored the possibility of an OLED display on the Switch Pro, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of the technology.
“LCDs use a maximum brightness, whether it’s a white or black image. And OLEDs don’t,” said Young. “Their power consumption varies with the content. So it’s going to depend on the type of content that you’re playing. If it’s video, OLEDs have a big advantage. But if it’s a bright video game with a lot of white, then OLEDs may consume more power.”
According to certain reports, the Switch Pro may also contain some more contentious features. Per a “former employee of Nintendo,” the Switch Pro would have major hardware advancements, including a bespoke Nvidia Tegra Xavier processor, 64GB SSD storage, and 4K compatibility, according to a now-deleted 4Chan post (via Inverse).
Nintendo Switch Pro Features
Given the popularity of both the Nintendo Switch base model and the Nintendo Switch Lite over the last year, the Switch Pro may wish to ride that wave. As a result, we believe it’s safe to anticipate that the console will be playable both docked and undocked, as well as tabletop. However, there have been rumors that the Pro version will have some unexpected features that could end up in the final design.
Nintendo appears to be working on a health-tracking gadget, according to a recent patent submitted by the company, which could be included in the Switch Pro. According to a translation of the 61-page document, the patented device has a health tracker similar to those seen on smartphones, which can monitor your sleep, measure your vitals, and assess your mental health. What’s strange is that the device also appears to have a “odor-generating device” (yes, really). As of now, all indications point to the Nintendo Switch Pro including fitness monitoring, presumably for use with health-related games like Ring Fit Adventure.