NINTENDO is still working on a 4K version of the Switch console, a top insider has claimed.
It follows gamer fury after the new Nintendo Switch OLED was revealed without support for 4K gaming.
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The new Switch OLED manages HD 720p on its built-in screen, and Full HD 1080p when connected to a TV.
That’s a stark contrast to the new PS5 and Xbox Series X, both of which comfortably manage 4K gaming – and even 8K in some situations.
Nintendo’s new model has improved visuals in handheld mode, but fans were disappointed by the lack of 4K gaming.
However, top industry analyst Serkan Toto thinks that a 4K model is still on the way.
“This new Switch looks more like an interim model than a real upgrade to me,” Toto told Bloomberg.
“This might just be a dummy upgrade until Breath of the Wild 2 is ready and the component shortage is over next year.”
Part of the problem for Nintendo is that offering 4K gaming would require a more powerful processor inside the console.
But there’s a global chip shortage plaguing the world’s tech, gaming and car industries.
So Nintendo may have simply decided to stick with a chip it already has supply for – in a bid to not miss out on Christmas 2021 sales against rival consoles.
It’s possible that once global chip supply picks up, Nintendo may release a 4K model.
The new Nintendo Switch OLED is largely the same size as the regular Switch, but it’s got a bigger 7-inch OLED screen with “vivid colours and high contrast”.
It’s a new type of screen tech that most TVs haven’t even got yet – but is increasingly common on high-end tellies and smartphones.
The Nintendo Switch OLED release date is set for October 8, with the console marking up at £309.99/$349.99.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.
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