In recent months, there have seemed to be increasing indications that the successor to the Switch will support DLSS technology. However, according to Digital Foundry’s sources, the associated upscaling on Nintendo’s new system may not be as powerful as hoped.
While Nintendo continues to remain silent about the successor to the Switch, the rumor mill has provided us with various unconfirmed details in recent months.
Among other things, several sources reported that Nintendo’s new system will make use of Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling technology. DLSS uses AI that increases the resolution of games, allowing developers to offer higher resolutions, more graphic detail and more stable refresh rates on weaker systems.
The so-called Deep Learning Accelerator (DLA), which uses an independent engine that accelerates AI calculations and is intended to take over a large part of the work, makes a noticeable difference here. As the editors at Digital Foundry report, players on the successor to the Switch will apparently have to do without support from DLA.
As sources familiar with the situation have confirmed according to Digital Foundry, DLA is not supported by Nvidia’s Tegra T239, which is supposed to be used in the Switch 2.
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“There was a question mark about the cost of DLSS and whether Nintendo would include a deep learning accelerator. Similar to the one in the T234 [GPU] was included, which would effectively make DLSS ‘free’. Or at least significantly less computationally intensive,” said Richard Leadbetter, the founder of Digital Foundry, about the DLSS support of the Switch successor.
“I have sources who have said there is no DLA in the T239. This would significantly limit the feasibility of DLSS,” the editor added. If the information from the sources turns out to be true, according to Leadbetter, this would mean that we should not expect upscaling to 4K with the Switch 2.
More likely here would be an upscaling to resolutions between 1080p and 1440p – depending on the game. Of course, always assuming that the current rumors about DLSS support on the system correspond to the facts.
Further news about the successor Switch:
According to unconfirmed reports, Nintendo could unveil the Switch’s successor next spring. According to analysts, the launch will take place in the second half of 2024.
According to the experts, with the later market launch of the system, Nintendo would be able to provide sufficient units to avoid delivery bottlenecks like those with the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S.
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