Rumors have been circulating for a while about a Nintendo Switch 2 console which could arrive as early as March 2024. And detailed specifications have surfaced, the machine being supposed to run with the next T239 processor from nVidia, more powerful than the Tegra X1 of the first Switch of the name.
Switch 2, the hope of DLSS
This new processor is notably supposed to exploit nVidia DLSS technology (for Deep Learning Super Sampling) which takes advantage of artificial intelligence algorithms to improve the sharpness of an image as if it had initially been drawn in the displayed resolution. If DLSS works with a simple processor, its rendering can be increased tenfold by a DLA, a chip dedicated to artificial intelligence. And this is where the latest indiscretions collected by the YouTube channel Digital Foundry come into play, claiming that the T239 would be devoid of DLA.
Switch 2, DLSS but without DLA…
As a result, the DLSS of the Switch 2 will be much less efficient than we hoped, impacting the graphics rendering. Games taking advantage of DLSS will therefore have to go through the main processor, for performance which may take a hit. And to top it all off, games might not even be able to run in 4K Ultra HD. A little sad when the latest rumors claimed that a demonstration of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had been carried out displayed in Ultra HD 4K at 60 fps on the new console.