A new Nintendo Switch â a modest upgrade on the original called the Nintendo Switch OLED model â will be released in October, but itâs not the 4K upgrade that many players were expecting. Bloomberg reported Wednesday, however, that developers making Nintendo Switch games were surprised, too: Theyâd been working on a Nintendo Switch developerâs kit that supports 4K graphics.
Bloomberg reported that developers at at least 11 game companies have been working on games using a 4K Nintendo Switch kit, at both big studios and small. Nintendo told Bloomberg its information is âinaccurate,â but did not expand further.
Reports of an upgraded Nintendo Switch model that supports 4K graphics has been circulating for a while; Bloomberg said in May that the hardware launching this October would output in 4K resolution when docked. Nintendo reportedly changed the design due to âcomponent shortagesâ stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg, and Nintendo changed its design only after handing out the 4K-capable kits to developers working on new games.
Development kits are often distributed to video game developers well ahead of launch. These special consoles feature development tools necessary in creating games.
Developers working on Nintendo Switch games told Bloomberg they expect their 4K Switch games will be out sometime in 2022 â âduring or after the second half of next year.â Bloomberg reported that a 4K Nintendo Switch is not expected out until 2022 âat the earliest.â
Nintendo has not responded to Polygonâs request for comment.