Things are getting JUICY
We’ve heard all sorts of rumors about the Switch’s successor recently, and some of it has certainly seemed legitimate. All of this rumored info is coming from Gamescom 2023, where Nintendo supposedly showed off their next-gen hardware to select developers and publishers behind the scenes.
While we don’t know if any of the information is legit so far, we do have some more analysis and details to share. First up, the gang at Digital Foundry has dug a bit deeper into the Gamescom report and shared some interesting tidbits.
- Nintendo’s “target hardware” may not represent what Nintendo/Nvidia actually achieve
- for example, the retail PS3 only ended up being half as powerful as the target hardware
- the T239 Nvidia SoC rumors appear to be true
- the Breath of the Wild demo was running at 4K/60fps using DLSS
- The Matrix demo has the benefit of Nvidia having much better ray tracing hardware than AMD
- DLSS 3.5 (minus frame generation) is what they probably were using to run the demo
- Digital Foundry think it’s reasonable to expect T239 to be able to handle DLSS 3.5 features
- Unreal Engine was 5 developed quite a lot in the past 2 years and is more scalable now
- it’s in Nvidia and Epic Games’ best interests to have Unreal Engine 5 be scalable for Switch 2
- Nvidia would like to see Switch’s successor be a showcase of their DLSS/ray tracing capabilities
- Epic Games wouldn’t want to make Unreal Engine 5 difficult for what could potentially be a successful platform
Following that, we also have some more rumors pertaining to the Switch’s successor in general, and these come from the Nate the Hate podcast.
- the Breath of the Wild demo had instant loading times
- DLSS 3.5 on Switch’s successor may not have all the features the PC version does
- The Matrix demo looked exactly the same as the next-gen consoles release
- The Maxtrix demo appeared to have better ray tracing, but this might be due to a PC being used, rather than native hardware
- March 2024 was mentioned, but it’s unclear if that was a release or reveal date
- still no clarity on backwards compatibility
Again, please remember all of this is 100% rumor and speculation and will likely remain so until Nintendo pulls back the curtain. In all honesty, tech specs will probably be unclear until the system actually makes its way into consumers’ hands.