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Nintendo Switch Pro release date rumors: Nintendo responds to upgraded console reports but doesn’t confirm if it's launching soon

Nintendo Switch console in docked mode | Photo credit: Andrew M (@andymant) / Unsplash

Nintendo recently said that it is always looking into the technology that would improve the gameplay experience. Unfortunately, though, the company has yet to confirm if new hardware – many calls ‘Nintendo Switch Pro’ – is slated to launch this year.

Nintendo says it always considers tech to enhance gameplay

The weeks leading to the E3 events earlier this month were filled with reports that the company is about the announce the Nintendo Switch Pro, or whatever the company is calling its next generation of console. Some claims even suggested the possibility that new hardware would be confirmed earlier than E3. None of it became a reality, though.

However, the company is not necessarily mum on its plans in the hardware department. Without confirming if Nintendo Switch Pro is in the pipeline, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said they are always considering how to improve the gameplay experience through technology. “It’s not technology for technology’s sake. It’s how specifically can technology enhance a gameplay experience,” Bowser told The Washington Post. “Do you want to apply it on current existing hardware or platforms, or do you want to wait for the next platform? And then what’s the right gameplay experience with that?”

Bowser’s statement comes after reliable sources, including Bloomberg, have reported that Nintendo Switch Pro is slated to launch within 2021. In late May, the publication said assembly of the new console would begin in July with a planned release date in September or October. The same report was also one of the sources that said the console could be announced before E3, but that did not pan out.

Nintendo Switch Pro reportedly launching with upgraded chip

While gaming fans wait for Nintendo to confirm the arrival of a new console, several reports have already mentioned the possible hardware upgrades landing on the Nintendo Switch Pro. The upcoming hybrid console is expected to sport an upgraded processing chip from Nvidia that also supports deep learning super sampling (DLSS) technology. The rendering technique was also developed by Nvidia and uses machine learning to upscale low-res images to higher resolution in real-time.

Nintendo Switch Pro is also rumored to sport a 7-inch OLED display and potential support for 4K gaming. Considering the upgrades, the next console is expected to be priced higher than its predecessor that currently costs $299.

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