New details about the upcoming original Nintendo Switch revision have appeared this evening from hacker and data miner, Mike Heskin. The information comes directly from the Nintendo Switch operating system files and collaborates with The Verge report. Interestingly, an actual Pro model isn’t mentioned at all and is likely quite a way off. It sounds likely that will launch later next year to fend off the next PlayStation and Xbox systems.
Simply put the “new” Nintendo Switch system will be pretty much the same as the current system, but it will feature a very slight GPU performance boost. It still has 4GB of Ram and will most likely be indistinguishable from the original Switch so you’ll need to know the SKU number if you are planning to purchase one at retail. Here’s the information via Reset Era:
- Since firmware 5.0 there has been support for three hardware lines, one with the original Tegra 210 and two for the new Tegra 214 (Mariko)Those two hardware lines are Switch Lite and Switch “New”.
- The original Switch has 4GB of RAM and 6GB for the devkit. The new models have support for both 4GB and 8GB of RAM.
- Both Switch Lite and “New” use LPDDR4X DRAM which grants a small battery boost due to lower voltages.
- Switch Lite has a smaller screen and non-detachable controllers while “New” Switch should have the exact same form factor.
- The GPU in the “New” Switch is clocked at higher values than Switch Lite, potentially giving a modest performance boost.
- Larger than 32GB memory is possible in the “New” units. Two models have been found in the firmware (codenames “Iowa” and “Calcio”) and is speculated that one will have more internal storage.
- There’s absolutely no evidence of an actual “Pro” version. At least not in the sense that it would be based off of the Tegra X2 or have massive performance and/or memory improvements.