Switch Pro Reportedly to Upscale to 4K With Nvidia Chip

The upgraded Switch console will reportedly use a new Nvidia chip to upscale to 4K when docked.
The upgraded Switch console will reportedly use a new Nvidia chip to upscale to 4K when docked. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

The upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch said to be launching later this year will use an improved Nvidia chip to upscale visuals to 4K when docked, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

The new chip will support Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), per Bloomberg. DLSS uses artificial intelligence to take lower-resolution images and transform them into higher-resolution ones. That process is much more efficient than rendering a resolution like 4K natively.

Switch Pro Reportedly to Upscale to 4K With Nvidia Chip

The Switch currently uses an Nvidida Tegra X1+ system-on-a-chip, which combines a CPU, graphics card and memory on a single unit. The new console will also use a system-on-a-chip.

Games trying to take advantage of DLSS will need dedicated code to do so, so Bloomberg's sources say the technology will used to improve graphics on upcoming games rather than pre-existing ones.

Bloomberg previously reported the upgraded Switch console would use a 7-inch, 720p OLED Samsung screen. Nintendo is expected to reveal the console in time for the 2021 holiday season.