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Rumor: Nintendo Showcased Switch 2 Demos to Developers at Gamescom

Rumor: Nintendo Showcased Switch 2 Demos to Developers at Gamescom - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 September 2023 / 4,151 Views

Nintendo reportedly showcased demos of the Nintendo Switch 2 to developers behind closed doors, according to sources who spoke with Eurogamer and VideoGamesChronicle.

The sources claim Nintendo showcased a remastered version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that is designed hit the higher specs of the Switch successor. This is supposedly a tech demo showcasing the power of the console and doesn't mean a remastered version of the game will be released.

One source claims Nintendo showcased The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo running on the target specs for the Switch 2. The demo was originally designed to showcase the power of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. The source claims the demo was using Nvidia's DLSS upscaling technology with some ray tracing enabled.

Rumor: Nintendo Showed Switch 2 Demos to Developers at Gamescom

It should be noted the Switch 2 running The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo doesn't mean it will have the same raw power anywhere near the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S consoles. DLSS is able to AI upscale the resolution of games.

Nintendo has yet to announced a successor to the Switch, however, it has been rumored to launch sometime in 2024. It has also been rumored a developer in Spain had received a development kit for the Nintendo Switch successor in July of this year.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Jumpin (on 07 September 2023)

This doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s likely they’ve showed off demos for months now. So I wouldn’t be surprised they’re still showing them off. But interesting to have it all but confirmed.

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Qwark (on 07 September 2023)

Nintendo is doing well enough that they can take a long time before bringing out the Switch succesor. So even if we some prototype things, it doesn't have to be close to the end result.

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Darwinianevolution (on 07 September 2023)

I'm sad Switch 2 rumors won't be as fun as NX rumors. Those were the days...

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KLAMarine (on 07 September 2023)

Still just a rumor...

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firebush03 KLAMarine (on 08 September 2023)

Pyoro endorsed the claim: it’s confirmed. Several outlets also backed the claim.

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JackHandy (on 08 September 2023)

Man, if it has the same power as PS5 AND comes in at no more than $399.99... megaton of megatons.

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Slownenberg JackHandy (on 11 September 2023)

A handheld will never be as powerful as a console that just released a few years earlier. Though with the benefit of DLSS it may be able to run current gen console games with lower framerates and lower resolutions without many other changes. I think that's the realistic best case scenario to take away from these rumors. It is absolutely not going to have anywhere near the power of PS5, but DLSS closes the gap some in terms of what the actual output is that we play and see. If a game runs at 4k/60fps on PS5, I think we can hope for 900p/30fps docked on Switch with minimal graphical compromises, whereas that situation on PS4 would have required significant graphical compromises even without being able to drop from 4k since PS4 wasn't doing 4k.

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tslog (on 07 September 2023)
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Leynos (on 07 September 2023)
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