Nintendo denies information about 4K Switch development
Following a recent Bloomberg report claiming that 11 companies were working on games supporting 4K resolutions for the Nintendo Switch, the gaming giant issued a quick denial.
The Bloomberg report claimed that employees of 11 different companies – including mobile game publisher Zynga – had claimed to be in possession of a 4K development kit for the Nintendo Switch. He also noted that “a system capable of handling 4K games should not be released until the end of next year at the earliest.”
Japanese company Nintendo’s Twitter account issued the following statement in response, exposing the details of the report:
A report from September 30, 2021 (JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is providing tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure a good understanding among our investors and clients, we would like to clarify that this report is not true. (1/2)
– IR） (@NintendoCoLtd) September 30, 2021
“A report from September 30, 2021 (JST) falsely claims that Nintendo provides tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure a good understanding among our investors and clients, we would like to clarify that this report is not true.
“We also want to reaffirm that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for a new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED model, which will launch on October 8, 2021.”
The new OLED model is expected to release shortly alongside Metroid Dread, but after more than a year of rumors about a “Switch Pro,” many have been surprised that the device didn’t feature any performance upgrades.
According to Bloomberg, the OLED model was originally intended to support 4K resolutions, but it’s “not clear exactly when the design changed.” Bloomberg claims that by the time the decision to drop 4K support was made, kits had already been sent to development teams. It should be noted, however, that Zynga has also officially denied that the company has a 4K development kit.
Whether Nintendo is still considering a Nintendo Switch model to support 4K gaming or not, it seems unlikely we’ll hear from the topic until late next year at the earliest.