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“New” Nintendo Switch revision features very modest GPU increase, no Switch Pro system soon

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.


9 thoughts on ““New” Nintendo Switch revision features very modest GPU increase, no Switch Pro system soon”

  1. I’d probably upgrade and gift my old.
    But if they add more internal memory, they should make it easier to use it.
    My Switch is almost empty, and I don’t want to fiddle with the sd card just so I could fill that empty space.

    1. I don’t know what they were thinking when they decided to not let people control whether their save data goes to the SD card or the internal memory. Even worse is the fact you can’t transfer it between the two once it’s already downloaded on one. Instead, we got to delete the download & redownload it to switch which storage it goes to. For a system called the Switch, it’s funny they forgot this feature. What’s sad is the fact the Wii U had this feature. I think even the 3DS has this feature, too.

  2. “pro” always makes me cringe… that’s Sony’s thing.
    Nintendo’s term should be “Super”, but I think it’s too late, literally everybody calls it the upgraded version a “pro”…

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