‘Nintendo Switch 2’ coming in 2021 with 4K graphics to take on PS5 and Xbox Series X
NINTENDO is plotting to launch a new version of its smash hit Switch console in 2021 that supports 4K graphics, according to reports.
The Japanese gaming giant also plans to release a slew of new games next year to help it compete with the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
The Nintendo Switch is getting a major upgrade, according to reports[/caption]
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5 are both confirmed for release ahead of Christmas 2020.
Nintendo hasn’t launched a new flagship console since the Switch came out in 2017 – but has a major upgrade in the works, according to Bloomberg.
Like the PS5 and Series X, the new Switch will support 4K gaming, unnamed insiders told the tech site.
That means more pixels than a standard Switch – or indeed any current-gen console – can manage, offering gorgeous high-resolution graphics.
Bloomberg also reports that a “slew of games from Nintendo itself and related outside studios” are coming next year.
If an upgraded Switch console is in the works, it’s safe to assume that a handful of those new games will support 4K resolution.
The report does not provide an exact release date for the rumoured console, nor does it hint at how much the high-powered machine will cost.
The Sun has reached out to Nintendo for comment.
What is 4K, Ultra HD and UHD?
Here’s an easy guide to what 4K means…
- 4K, Ultra HD and UHD are all different names for the same type of TV screen. 4K refers to the number of pixels on your TV screen – or the “image resolution”
- The pixels are the tiny dots of colour that make up the image you see on your telly. A pixellated image is one where the pixels are really obvious, because there aren’t many. But images with lots of pixels – like a 4K movie – generally look sharper and clearer
- A true 4K screen has 4096 x 2160 pixels. That means on your TV screen there are 3840 pixels across, and 2160 pixels vertically. That’s roughly 8.3 million pixels on the display in total
- 4K gets it’s name because it’s got four times the number of pixels as a standard Full HD TV
- Full HD (or 1080p) screens have 1920 pixels across, and 1080 pixels going upwards – for around two million pixels in total. So 4K just means your TV has many more pixels on the screen compared to a more common Full HD display
- Ultra HD, or UHD, is basically the same as 4K. If you buy a UHD telly in a shop, you’ll be able to watch 4K content on it with no bother
- But there is a small difference. Almost every TV you ever buy has an aspect ratio of 16:9. That means for every 16 pixels horizontally, there are 9 vertically
- True 4K footage doesn’t quite fit in with that ratio, so you won’t often find TVs with 4096 x 2160 pixels. Instead, to fit with the 16:9 ratio, most 4K TVs will have 3840 x 2160 pixels instead
- If it doesn’t make sense, grab a calculator and divide 2160 by 9. Then multiply it by 16, and you’ll get 3840. That’s the aspect ratio working its magic. So when you see an Ultra HD TV, it just means it’s a 4K image with slightly fewer vertical pixels
- If you try watching a 4K video on a non-4K TV, the video will still play – but it won’t be in 4K quality. To watch a 4K video in 4K quality, you’ll need to fork out for a 4K TV. Similarly, if you’re watching standard or HD footage on a 4K TV, it won’t magically become 4K quality
- Some TVs promise “4K upscaling”, which converts your standard or HD footage to near-4K quality. This works by using software to guess what colours would fill the extra empty pixels missing in HD footage, and then filling them in. This creates a 4K-like effect, but it’s not true 4K
It wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo has released an upgrade for its chart-topping console.
Last year, a refreshed edition of the Switch with better battery life was launched across the globe.
Nintendo also released the Switch Lite in 2019, a cheaper, handheld-only version of the console that ditched the TV dock.
The firm has shipped more than 60million Switch consoles worldwide but will be looking to freshen it following the release of the Series X and PS5.
Sony announced the PS5 last year and has set a tentative “Holidays 2020” release date for the console.
Loading up a game on the PlayStation 5 will be ten times faster than on PS4, according to the tech titan.
The Series X will realse around the same time and apparently runs games at 4K resolution – double that of HD – with the possibility of running 8K.
It will also process games faster so as to “eliminate” loading times. A new Halo title will launch with the console.
Estimates place the price of each console somewhere around £500.
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