While Nintendo has yet to announce a new Switch successor, new reports indicate that the gaming console maker plans to introduce a new Switch Pro that could come powered by an SoC with the new LoveLace GPU architecture, along with modern features found on the current graphics cards.
According to a Bloomberg report, the new gaming console could feature DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), the rendering technology that makes use of artificial intelligence for delivering higher-fidelity graphics performance efficiently without framerate drops. Bloomberg does specify that the new console with the help of DLSS will allow users to play games at 4K when connected to a TV. On the contrary, the current Nintendo Switch allows users to play at 1080p when connected to a television. And with the new information, this could indicate that the new SoC may feature Tensor cores.
It should be noted that the current Nintendo Switch is powered by the Tegra X1+ chip that is based on Maxwell GPU. Since then, NVIDIA had announced SoC’s such as the Tegra X2, which features Pascal GPU cores, and the Xavier SoC that comes with Volta GPU cores. Then there is the SoC codenamed Orin that features Ampere architecture with 2048 CUDA cores. The Tegra X1+ SoC only has 256 CUDA cores. Further information about the Orin comes from Kopite7kimi, a reliable leakster who had correctly predicted the specifications of the NVIDIA Ampere GPU series many months before its launch, has stated that the Tegra SoC that is meant to be used on the new Nintendo Switch, may feature Graphics Processor Cluster that is based on the LoveLace GPU architecture. The new Lovelace architecture is said to be the direct successor to the current Ampere GPUs.
I mean the new Tegra(Orin) could contain one GPC of ADA. Nothing else.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) March 25, 2021
The new console may also come with a 7-inch OLED display with 1280×720 as its screen resolution. While reports do indicate that the next Nintendo Switch would feature DLSS, there is no mention if we would see ray-tracing on the next-generation handheld console.