Massive Nvidia Leak Revives Nintendo Switch Pro Speculation

A massive leak from Nvidia has once again reignited speculation around a possible Nintendo Switch Pro, which Nintendo has yet to confirm.

The folks at Tech Power Up have shared details of what they describe as “the mother of all cyberattacks”, and Nintendo sleuth @NWPlayer123 has dissected what appear to be references to a Nintendo Switch successor in the leaked code. .

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According to NWPlayer123’s translation of the files, the leaked code suggests Nintendo was still operating with the NX codename (and NVN API) long before the original Switch was announced. That, combined with the fact that Nintendo has repeatedly stated that the Switch is still “in the middle of its lifecycle”, seems to be proof that the hardware referenced in the leak isn’t a full-fledged successor, it i.e. a Switch 2, but more of an upgraded console like a Nintendo Switch Pro or maybe a Super Nintendo Switch (for the cool kids out there).

That said, if the leaked code indicates that a new console is in the works at Nintendo, it would appear to support DLSS, Nvidia’s latest supersampling technology. There are also references to ray tracing, which would be a huge step up in the visual department of the OG Switch, which is approaching its fifth anniversary. Basically, if this really is the Switch Pro we’re reviewing here, it looks like it could be a much more powerful console.

In May 2021, a detailed Bloomberg report claimed that a 4K-capable Switch with an OLED display was on the way for last year’s holiday season. Of course, what we got instead was a new Switch with an OLED display but the same guts inside. Chances are that Bloomberg’s reports are valid that Nintendo simply changed its plans or delayed the console while releasing the OLED Switch as a stopgap, but that’s pure speculation.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for clarification and will update this article if we get back to you.

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