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Nintendo Denies 4K Switch Report

The OLED model is the only confirmed Switch upgrade coming down the pike.
The OLED model is the only confirmed Switch upgrade coming down the pike. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo has denied reports of a 4K-capable Nintendo Switch.

The report, published last night by Bloomberg, claimed that at least 11 companies, including Zynga, had received development "tools" from Nintendo to make 4K Switch games. These developers said they had development kits for the Switch, and that it wouldn't come out until late next year at the earliest.

Nintendo denied the report a few hours after its publication. Here's the company's statement in full:

"A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true.

"We also want to restate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch - OLED Model, which will launch on October 8, 2021."

An official statement from Zynga also denies that the company has a 4K Nintendo Switch development kit.

"To clarify, Zynga does not have a 4K developer kit from Nintendo," the company said.

According to Bloomberg, the OLED Switch was supposed to contain a faster chip from Nvidia that would have enabled 4K, but that "4K capability didn't come to pass." It's unclear what exactly cause the change of plans, but one Bloomberg source attributed it to "component shortages," caused by the pandemic. Bloomberg said the 4K Switch dev kits had already been sent out by July, indicating Nintendo may have been forced to pivot from its original 4K plans.

The OLED Switch, which boasts a slightly larger and clearer screen and a few other small improvements, is scheduled to launch Oct. 8