Nintendo Switch 4K development kits already in the hands of developers: report
A new Nintendo Switch – a modest upgrade from the original called the Nintendo Switch OLED model – will be released in October, but it’s not the 4K upgrade many gamers have been expecting. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, however, that Nintendo Switch game developers were also surprised – they were working on a Nintendo Switch development kit that supported 4K graphics.
Bloomberg reported that developers from at least 11 game companies have been working on games using a Nintendo Switch 4K kit, both at large studios and small. Nintendo told Bloomberg its information was “inaccurate,” but did not expand further.
Reports of an improved Nintendo Switch model supporting 4K graphics have been circulating for some time; Bloomberg said in May that the material launched in October will be released in 4K resolution when docked. According to Bloomberg, Nintendo changed the design due to “component shortages” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nintendo only changed its design. after distribute 4K compatible kits to developers working on new games.
Development kits are often distributed to video game developers well in advance of launch. These special consoles have the development tools needed to create games.
Developers working on Nintendo Switch games told Bloomberg that they expect their 4K Switch games to be released sometime in 2022 – “in or after the second half of next year.” Bloomberg reported that a Nintendo Switch 4K is not expected until 2022 “at the earliest.”
Nintendo did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.