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A retailer lists Nintendo Switch Pro, suggesting imminent launch



Nintendo is reportedly developing a new Nintendo Switch ‘Pro’ and rumors have signaled the development of such a device. In fact, a recent report suggests it could launch before the E3 gaming conference.

The retail listing was spotted by VGC at a French electronic retailer Boulanger and they have reportedly listed it for roughly $486 when converted from Euros, most likely, it will be listed in the U.S. for $499. Unfortunately, the links do not point to an actual listing but the leaker tweeted screenshot of the alleged leak here.

Another apparent leak, by CentroLeaks says that they have confirmed a screenshot from a big retailer’s internal system that points to a new Switch hardware-related listing going live on June 4th. Although the Alleged Switch Pro may launch before E3, Nintendo will use the event to showcase new games. Hopefully these to recent “leaks” are accurate and we do in fact see the Switch Pro debut on June 4th.

Another recent report from Bloomberg says the next-gen Switch will use a new Nvidia SOC with support for (DLSS) Deep Learning Super Sampling. The chip will also deliver improvements to the CPU and GPU performance with DLSS enabling Nintendo to achieve higher resolutions like 4K.

Nvidia most recently introduced DLSS with Nvidia’s RTX 20-series GPUs. The Nvidia DLSS tech uses neural networks to reconstruct game images in real time at very high quality. This should help the Switch reach its advertised 1080P when in handheld mode and 4K when docked with a TV.

7-inch OLED from Samsung

According to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung is said to be supplying a 7-inch OLED panels with a 720p resolution with mass production starting in June. For comparison, the current Switch has a 6.2-inch display, while the Switch Lite packs a 5.5-inch display. Initial monthly targets for production are said to be just under a million units according to a source that asked to not be identified and spoke to Bloomberg. The source also said that the displays were slated for shipment to assemblers around July.

According to Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of display consultancy DSCC, “The OLED panel will consume less battery, offer higher contrast and possibly faster response time when compared to the Switch’s current liquid-crystal display.”

It is possible that the new ‘Super Switch’ could maintain the same chassis size with slimmer bezels to get to the 7-inch display size, retaining compatibility with the larger Switch accessory eco-system.

Market position

Nintendo’s current lineup of Switch consoles currently cover the $199 and $299 price points with unique hardware and games ensures Nintendo’s success with proprietary hardware and exclusive titles like Mario and others. The current top-of-the-line Switch console is 5-years old and Microsoft and Sony just released their next-generation consoles last holiday season packing 4K gaming capabilities which makes the 1080p output limitation on the Switch outdated. Along with a new 7-inch display, the new ‘Super Switch’ is said to also be capable of 4K output to a 4K TV, which better positions the ‘Super Switch’ against Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles and gives the ‘Switch Platform’ more longevity.