Nintendo has reacted to a rumor that the studio has received dev kits for the Switch Pro, allowing games to be developed in 4K. The group assures him: it’s not true.
No development kit for 4K games on Switch Pro
Bloomberg announced that 11 studios have received development kits for the famed Switch Pro to produce games in 4K. This will include both large studios and medium-sized studios. At the time, Nintendo indicated to the publication that its article was incorrect, without specifying which elements were not correct.
Hours later, Nintendo’s Investor Relations Twitter account posted two tweets denouncing this Switch Pro story with 4K gaming.
We’d also like to point out that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new models other than the Nintendo Switch – OLED model, which will launch on October 8, 2021. (2/2)
– Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Corporate Public Relations / IR) (@NintendoCoLtd) September 30, 2021
An article published on September 30, 2021, incorrectly claimed that Nintendo provides tools for game development for the Nintendo Switch with support for 4K. In order to ensure a good understanding on the part of our investors and our customers, we would like to point out that this information is false. We also want to reiterate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new models other than the Nintendo Switch OLED, which will launch on October 8, 2021.
Is Nintendo telling the truth?
How to interpret this reaction? On the one hand, Nintendo is aimed at investors and it would be (a lot) to lie to them. Nintendo, on the other hand, is preparing to launch the Switch with an OLED screen. We can imagine that such information for the more powerful and 4K compatible Switch Pro would hurt sales of OLED Switches. Some players may decide to wait for the next model.
As a reminder, the OLED Switch is technically identical to the 2017 model. The only notable change is precisely the OLED screen. Nothing is changing in terms of performance.
As far as the 4K compatible Switch Pro is concerned, we can imagine that it will be released one day or the other. Nintendo will have to update its console from a technical point of view. But according to Bloomberg, Covid-19 didn’t help and forced Nintendo to review its plans, especially at the design stage because some components weren’t in stock.
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