A Nintendo Switch Pro has been rumored for years, but one industry insider confirms that the concept may not work.
With the Nintendo Switch first releasing in 2017, many fans believe the system is in desperate need of an update.
These same users are asking the Japanese publisher to release the long-anticipated Nintendo Switch Pro. This system would essentially be the same system again, only with a significant boost to performance and visuals.
Much like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, this upgrade would lead to a better overall console, acting as a way to keep the device performing well, despite being years into its lifespan.
But despite new leaks suggesting that a 4K Nintendo Switch pro is on the way, one insider believes the concept would not work.
Why the Nintendo Switch Pro Is a Bad Idea
In a new interview with Nintendo Everything, Co-Founder and VP of Engine Software, Ruud van de Moosdijk confirms that he doesn’t think a Nintendo Switch Pro would be a good idea.
The industry insider, who worked most recently on eShop ports of the No More Heroes series, believes a Switch Pro is a nice idea.
However, the veteran games designer points out that the Switch Pro could cause some issues further down the line.
“Truth be told, our opinion on this might be counter-intuitive for a lot of people, but we are not large subscribers of the “Pro” model. Sure, it would be nice to have more RAM or faster GPU/CPU compared to before, but if it is still considered the same platform you must make sure your game runs on every model.”
The Same Next-Gen Issue as the PS5 and Xbox Series X
If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because we’re experiencing the exact same issues on current next-gen hardware.
In fact, some fans believe that the PS5 and Xbox Series X games are being bottlenecked by older hardware. Games such as Black Ops Cold War are releasing across two generations, leading to lower potential graphical performance.
So, for compatibility reasons your performance gets benchmarked on the lowest specifications,” Moosdijk continues in the Nintendo Everything interview. “We have seen with prior ‘upgraded systems’ that the additional power never really got utilized well for this reason.”
Recently, there was a rumor of a release date for the Nintendo Switch Pro, with a January reveal. We’re yet to see any sign of an incoming Nintendo Direct, but the release date could still be coming soon.
In fact, experts believe it’s likely that a Nintendo Switch Pro is coming in 2021. And a new leak reveals what games will be coming to the Nintendo Switch (and Pro) this year.