The article detailed the specs for a new Switch console as disclosed by insider sources at Samsung. The new console – at present dubbed the Switch Pro – will reportedly have a larger 7-inch OLED display at 720p resolution. It will also possess the ability to output 4K visuals when docked, which is a significant improvement over the original 1080p docked output. 4K TV output has been something fans have been after for a long time, and the switch to OLED from LCD should result in better battery life and improved contrasts.
But what about exclusive games? For as many people that are excited about a new system, there are just as many concerned that the current system will be left in the dust.
According to a discussion that went down on ResetEra, the new console will get exclusive third-party titles. The prediction comes from “industry insider” Nate Drake:
“There will be some select exclusives, especially from third-party partners. May not be a big number of them, but I know of at least one.”
A month earlier Nate Drake also told of the Switch Pro having a 4K resolution when docked, and predicted the system to launch this year. Bloomberg corroborating this information adds further validity to Drake’s Predictions about Switch, though of course, his comments should be taken with a grain of salt.
We don’t know anything about the hardware of the supposed new system beyond the display and docking features; given the handheld is said to only house a 720p screen, the 4K output would be facilitated by the dock rather than beefed-up GPU power. Crucially missing from the original leak is how much more powerful – if at all – the Switch Pro will be over its predecessor.
Fans have speculated games like Red Dead Redemption 2 might come exclusively to the new system – a feat that would undoubtedly necessitate more than a better dock.
Then there are games like Breath of The Wild 2 and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The first BoTW was already pushing the system to its limits, suggesting a more powerful system is in order to fully realize the vision of a sequel. The newly announced Pokémon Legends has already come under fire for what seemed to be performance issues during the game demo.
Clearly, we need further information to form a picture of what this system aims to accomplish. We’ve already seen titles too intense for the Switch come to the system through cloud streaming. Maybe if there are exclusive titles coming, developers will explore this avenue to bring them to the original model. For now, we can only ponder.