Nintendo confirms 4K Switch Pro never existed — nobody is convinced

Nintendo Switch (OLED model)
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Nintendo denies that it has been working on the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro with 4K support after a report claimed the Japanese gaming giant was supplying tools to game developers to make 4K-capable Switch games. However, fans still think otherwise.

Nintendo confirmed on Twitter that it has "no plans" for any other Switch model, except for the Nintendo Switch OLED Model set to arrive on October 8. The company's denial was in response to a Bloomberg report claiming that Nintendo supplied 11 companies with development kits to create Switch games with 4K support. 

As the report states, companies including large publishers and small studios received 4K development kits. As we know, the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED is not capable of 4K resolution. Its updates include a sizeable 7-inch OLED display panel, enhanced audio, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64 GB of internal storage, and a new wide adjustable stand.

This leads many to believe a 4K-capable Switch was either in the works or Nintendo is still planning to release the sought-after console. However, Nintendo states that claims in Bloomberg's report are "not true," and a spokesperson from one of the companies mentioned, Zynga, has said that it "does not have a 4K developer kit from Nintendo."

Despite the confirmation, fans still believe plans for the Nintendo Switch Pro with 4K support still exist. On the post on Twitter, many have commented their own thoughts on the situation, with some stating that Nintendo has previously denied plans for a console, only to release one days later. For example, streamer Noah points out the release of the DS Lite. 

Nintendo Switch Pro isn't off the table 

As previously reported, Nintendo's history of handheld devices doesn't just stop at the Game Boy or Nintendo DS. The company's Game Boy family consists of the upgraded Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance, and the Game Boy Advance SP. All of these virtually came out two years apart.

Nintendo has a habit of upgrading and releasing different variants of its hugely popular portable gaming devices, and for good reason. To prolong the life cycle of the Switch, as the company has done with its previous devices, Nintendo releases other models.

With games such as Metroid Prime 4 still in the works and Breath of the Wild 2 set to be released in 2022, there's reason to believe there will be yet another Switch model in the works — making way for the Switch Pro.

Plus, whatever happened to the rumored Nvidia chip? According to sources talking to Bloomberg, the Nintendo Switch Pro would get Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). Using artificial intelligence, DLSS can upscale lower-resolution images to a higher resolution, meaning the new Switch would have some very pretty-looking games displayed in 4K.

Whatever the case, it will be another year before we hear more about a new Switch console. For now, Nintendo released a number of new updates to the Switch, and you can now connect Bluetooth headphones to Nintendo Switch.

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.