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Digital Foundry: Switch OLED dev kit has 8GB of RAM, dev unit for regular Switch is 6GB, all retail units will have 4GB

Tech publication Digital Foundry have discovered from developers that the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) dev kits feature 8GB of RAM (random access memory) the development kits for the current Nintendo Switch models include 6GB of RAM. Though it should be noted that all consumers Switch units are and will continue to have only 4GB of RAM. The team also points out that it is unlikely now that we will get a a slightly more powerful mid-generation Switch refresh. For that we will most likely have to wait for the Nintendo Switch 2, or whatever it will be named. Here’s an extract from the article:

“So, for Nintendo and indeed game developers, the Switch OLED model is very much business as usual, to the point where the platform holder is telling game makers that no new development kits are essential for making games and there are no new technical requirements that require changing standard Switch iconography in-game to accommodate the new model. On top of that, games running on Switch OLED have no idea they are running on anything other than a standard unit – Nintendo’s developer documents reveal that there is no way for their games to query the system, to figure out whether they are running on Switch OLED or not. With that said, the firm does recognise the need for developers to test their games on the new screen. With that in mind, a new ADEV development model is being made available to co-exist alongside the existing SDEV and EDEV versions. For reasons undisclosed by the Nintendo, this machine ships with 8GB of onboard memory compared to the 6GB in the other development models and the 4GB of all retail units.

With the Switch approaching four-and-a-half years in the market, it now seems almost certain that Nintendo will not deploy a mid-generation refresh in the mould of the DSi or the New 3DS and its offshoot models. With prior handhelds, the platform holder introduced new specs and the ability for developers to tap into extra horsepower, even if developer take-up for the extra power ended up being rather slight. That does not seem to be the case for its most modern machine. There has been disappointment that Switch OLED isn’t Switch Pro – or features any performance advantages at all – and that is a shame because the longer this generation continues, the more obvious the machine’s challenges as a docked home console become.”

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10 thoughts on “Digital Foundry: Switch OLED dev kit has 8GB of RAM, dev unit for regular Switch is 6GB, all retail units will have 4GB”

        1. Dude….the refresh only shrunk the die size from 20nm to 16nm. They didnt add anything new to the X1 chip.

    1. Dude, Nintendo puts HD in their game titles like it’s a new thing….we ain’t getting 4K anytime soon

  1. More RAM for the dev kit just means more RAM for debugging features. So in theory you can create a full memory copy.

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