You can forget about 4K graphics coming to the Nintendo Switch 2

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What you need to know

  • Rumor: Nintendo is working on a new Switch that will release in Q3 or Q4 this year.
  • Many people have been theorizing that it will be the fabled Switch Pro.
  • According to a leaker, production on the Switch's new processors hasn't begun.
  • Furthermore, it's said that this processor won't support 4K or offer serious performance improvements.

For a few years now, Nintendo fans have been dreaming about a Switch Pro - basically a gaming system with drastically improved graphics and performance capabilities compared to the original model. Nintendo hasn't officially acknowledged plans for any "Pro" version of the Switch. However, if the DigiTimes article from earlier this year is to be believed, a new Switch model is about to begin production and will launch sometime later this year.

A leaker has stated that this upcoming console won't include a clocked up version of the Tegra X1 chip like many have theorized, but rather a Volta-based one. He further goes on to say that 4K support and a big performance upgrade shouldn't be expected with the next Switch. This particular leaker has revealed good information in the past, but it should still be taken with a piling heap of salt. If all of this is to be believed, then Nintendo's next console likely won't be the Switch Pro, but rather an updated version of the original Switch.

If production really hasn't started yet on this supposed Switch, it's likely it won't release until the very end of 2020 - just in time for the holiday season. We'll keep our noses to the ground and will continue to be on the lookout for any new rumors or leaks regarding Nintendo's upcoming gaming systems. With any luck, Nintendo will confirm these rumors sometime soon.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.