The Switch Pro has been canceled internally by Nintendo, Digital Foundry says

Rumors of a so-called Nintendo Switch Pro mid-generation console update began circulating in early 2020, with the first information leak pointing to a custom processor based on NVIDIA’s Volta architecture. Later in 2020, Bloomberg sources revealed that the Nintendo Switch Pro could feature support for 4K resolution and appropriately increased computing power.

From that point on, the rumors got even wilder. In 2021, reports mentioned improved manual mode and NVIDIA DLSS support; Possibility to improve the accuracy and performance of older games; a larger dock with an Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 ports; and so on. Nintendo did not make any announcements, which left fans speculating for a long time. A Chinese Switch accessory manufacturer has reignited hopes for the arrival of a Nintendo Switch Pro in 2022, but that apparently never happened either.

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire. On the latest episode of the Digital Foundry podcast, Jon Lineman reports that the Switch Pro was indeed a real project. However, Nintendo ultimately decided not to release the console.

I think at some point internally, from what I can understand from speaking to various developers, is that there was some sort of mid-gen Switch update planned at some point in time, and that doesn’t seem to be happening anymore. Thus, it’s pretty clear that whatever they’re going to do next will be actual next-gen hardware.

He later added that Nintendo would be making a proper successor to the Switch instead, most likely for a 2024 release instead of 2023, though that part is just a prediction. This is in line with the latest rumors of an NVIDIA Tegra239 SoC being prepared with an octa-core CPU, NVIDIA DLSS and ray tracing support pointing towards the Nintendo Switch 2 rather than just the Switch Pro.

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However, it also means that the new Switch won’t launch alongside The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, currently scheduled for May 12, 2023. Nintendo fans have been hoping for a repeat of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, which launched simultaneously as a cross-generational title on Nintendo WiiU and Nintendo Switch in March 2017.

Of course, there’s also a chance The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be delayed to 2024, but it’s one Nintendo fans aren’t preparing to entertain right now.

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