Nintendo Switch Pro 4K may get Nvidia chip upgrade — but there is a catch

The Nintendo Switch Pro 4K is rumored to feature a new Nvidia chip.
The Nintendo Switch Pro 4K is rumored to feature a new Nvidia chip. (Image credit: Future)

The new Nintendo Switch Pro is already turning heads with its 7-inch OLED display and rumoured 4K capabilities. Now, Nvidia is coming into the mix to give the portable gaming console an upgrade.

Nintendo is looking to use an upgraded Nvidia chip to boost graphics and performance on the upcoming OLED Nintendo Switch, but for all this additional power, analysts expect a big price jump.

According to sources talking to Bloomberg, the Nintendo Switch Pro (which we still like to call it) will 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 should have some very pretty-looking games.

Sources claim that this will mainly be used when the Switch Pro is docked, allowing the console to reproduce 4K quality when playing games on a TV. These plans haven't been made officially public yet, so take this with a pinch of salt.

Nvidia's DLSS tech is exclusive to its graphics cards, something we've only really seen on some of the best gaming laptops that use Nvidia's GeForce RTX 20 and GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. If the sources are to be believed, the new Nintendo Switch will be a portable powerhouse.

New Nintendo Switch Pro price

While the upgrade is more than welcome, analysts suggest the new Switch will see a $100 increase in price compared to the much-loved original Switch.

Bloomberg Intelligence's Matthew Kanterman believes the OLED Switch could be priced at $349.99, although he suspects Nintendo can "drive strong demand" at a $399.99 price point.

Previous reports suggest Nintendo may see a surge in sales thanks to the release of the new Switch model, which is now expected to drop by the year-end holiday season. And a variety of new games on the horizon, from Monster Hunter Rise (this week!) to the hugely-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, will drive sales further.

But Nintendo may have to watch its back, as it could see some big competition in the form of Qualcomm's $300 portable gaming console. It's even due to launch around the same time as the Switch Pro. 

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.