Report: New Nintendo Switch model to use upgraded Nvidia chip with DLSS

The next iteration of Nintendo’s Switch hardware will included an upgraded Nvidia chip and support the chipmaker’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. That feature will allow the upgraded Nintendo Switch to output 4K visuals when docked and plugged into a TV, the report says.

The new Switch, which has not been officially announced by Nintendo, will reportedly include a 7-inch OLED screen with 720p resolution, and could cost upward of $399.99, analysts told Bloomberg. The current version of the Nintendo Switch sells for its original launch price of $299.99, while the Switch Lite (pictured above) sells for $199.99.

The addition of DLSS would be a boon for new games and developers. Nvidia’s technology uses AI to accelerate graphics rendering through image reconstruction, maintaining high image quality while delivering improved frame rates. Put simply, it allows a video card to render a game at a lower internal resolution — reducing the load on the GPU — as it uses Nvidia’s AI algorithm to generate a reconstructed image that looks as good as (or, in some cases, better than) the game rendered at native resolution.

Previously, developers had to work directly with Nvidia to support DLSS in their games, leading to limited support of the feature. But a recent change to Epic Games’ widely used Unreal Engine added support for the technology as a plug-in for the game development toolkit.

Nintendo’s new Switch revision will reportedly be released later this year, in time for the holidays.

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