The Nintendo Switch is still going strong with a promising lineup of games extending into 2024, including highly anticipated titles like Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Detective Pikachu Returns, and the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4.
However, after 6.5 years on the market, it’s no secret that the console is showing its age. In preparation for the future, Nintendo reportedly showcased tech demos of its next-generation system to developers during a private session at Gamescom last month.
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One of these demos featured an enhanced version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While this was just a tech demo and doesn’t guarantee an upgraded BOTW for the Switch 2, it did offer a glimpse of the game running at higher frame rates and resolutions compared to the original Switch.
More intriguingly, VGC reported that Nintendo demonstrated The Matrix Awakens on the Switch 2’s development kit. Originally designed to showcase Unreal Engine 5’s capabilities on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Nintendo managed to run it on an early iteration of its next console.
What’s even more impressive is that the Switch 2 demo reportedly incorporated NVIDIA’s DLSS upscaling technology, ray-tracing, and visuals akin to those seen on the PS5 and Series X.
While the Switch 2 may not match the sheer processing power of Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, especially if Nintendo sticks with the hybrid handheld format, DLSS support could be a game-changer.
It has the potential to enable Nintendo to deliver games at higher frame rates and resolutions without resorting to more robust hardware or a larger battery.
Nintendo is gearing up for the expected release of the Switch 2 (or whatever it will be called) in 2024. However, it’s entering a gaming landscape vastly different from the one its predecessor ventured into, with the emergence of devices like the Steam Deck and increasingly advanced mobile gaming experiences.
Handheld PC gaming systems are popping up almost weekly, and with emulation and weak piracy protection on the original Switch, it’s relatively easy to run Nintendo games on more powerful hardware while on the go.
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Nintendo faces the challenge of persuading gamers that upgrading from the original Switch is worthwhile and that the Switch 2 is a superior choice compared to a handheld gaming PC.
Nevertheless, with enhanced hardware, Nintendo’s stellar track record of exclusive titles, and quality-of-life features, such as a seamless transition to the Switch 2, the next-generation system might prove enticing enough for those who were on the fence about the upcoming console.