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Rumours say Switch Pro and 4K games are real; Nintendo say they’re not


8K will be the standard by the time the Switch Pro really does come out (pic: Metro.co.uk)

The Switch Pro rumour merry-go-round has started up again, with a major source claiming developers are working in 4K – but Nintendo deny it.

We’ve been here before. For months numerous, reliable sources have been talking about a new model of console nicknamed the Switch Pro, believed to be more powerful than the other models and capable of 4K graphics.

There were so many rumours everyone started to take it as read, right up until the point the Switch OLED model was announced and it turned out not to be any more powerful at all – it just had a better screen.

That didn’t necessarily mean the Switch Pro wasn’t also real, so when Bloomberg reported on Wednesday evening that 11 different developers already have 4K development kits it seemed relatively believable… until Nintendo denied the whole thing.

Bloomberg isn’t exactly some random faker on 4chan so there was plenty of reasons to take their story seriously, but what’s more surprising than them being wrong is that Nintendo would so quickly deny everything – something that’s hard to remember them ever doing.

Why they’d be so keen to deny the rumours is relatively easy to guess, as they’re no doubt keen to stop anyone from holding back on getting the OLED model, in the belief that the Switch Pro might be real.

Nintendo’s investor relations Twitter account issued a very bluntly worded statement, claiming that the article, ‘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.’

That’s probably the most Nintendo has ever had to say about any rumour, so they’re obviously very keen that you should know it’s not true.

Whether they’re bending the truth in any way is impossible to tell but considering the Switch is over four years old now it seems impossible to imagine that Nintendo doesn’t have any plans for either a more powerful model or simply a brand new console.

Nintendo has repeatedly said it wants the Switch to last 10 years and while no one ever really believed that, it is currently only four and a half years old.

Whatever is really going on in secret at Nintendo HQ it’s clear that a) beyond the OLED model it’s not going to result in any new hardware anytime soon and b) most rumours about Nintendo usually aren’t true.

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