We’re more than six years into the Switch’s lifecycle. The console has proven its ability to deliver even better games this year – looking at you like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – you’d be hard-pressed to find a gamer who isn’t ready for Nintendo’s next console. While rumors are swirling about what the Switch successor could be and when it might be released, new reports Eurogamer And Video Games Chronicle The company says it showed it to developers behind closed doors at Gamescom last month.
Eurogamer Its sources say Nintendo has shown off tech demos to partners designed to demonstrate how well the Switch successor will perform. In particular, one of the demos shown was reportedly a “souped-up version” of the Switch launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Eurogamer Note that this is just a tech demo and not an indication of a re-release of BOTW.
VGC Confirms Eurogamers Story with its own sources, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 tech demo for Nintendo developers, releasing The Matrix Awakens in 2021 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, “is running on target specs for (Nintendo’s) next console” well. VGC BOTW also references the demo, noting that the Switch successor ran the 2017 game at a higher framerate and resolution than the original release.
VGC The Matrix says Awakens ran on the Switch successor using Nvidia’s DLSS technology, which boosts resolution and “improved ray tracing.” The publication’s sources say the visuals will be comparable to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S’ capabilities, though that doesn’t mean the Switch successor will be as powerful as these consoles.
Nintendo has not formally discussed its plans for a new console after the Switch, although other reports suggest it will be as portable as the Switch and target a release in the second half of 2024.
This follows reports from last February, where Nintendo said that the Switch is in the middle of its lifecycle. However, this suggests that if Nintendo releases a new console next year, it may support the Switch for a while yet. Time will answer.
Despite its age, the Switch has been doing well for Nintendo, surpassing 111 million units sold this summer. Nintendo recently revealed four new pastel Joy-Con controllers, a new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle, two Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Lite consoles, and a Mario Red Switch OLED for Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
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