[RUMOR] SciresM speculates on Switch Pro details through datamine information

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Resident Switch hacking scene member SciresM, known for his work on Atmosphere CFW, has made a curious discovery via datamining. A Nintendo Switch Pro model might actually be on the way, if you believe what he's uncovered from an update on the Switch. It should be noted that while interesting, this information does not confirm anything, and much is speculation on SciresM's part after having dug around some firmware files.

Existing under the codename of Aula, this hardware uses a Mariko SoC. It also would support both handheld and docked mode, and features "substantially" better cooling and battery life. While there's nothing concrete to fully determine, SciresM thinks that the revision would support 4K when docked, with an OLED tablet screen, as it features a Realtek chip branded as having "4K UHD multimedia SoC". If it's to be believed, then Nintendo has been working on a "Switch Pro" for over a year, which would line up with many reputable outlets repeatedly claiming that Nintendo is indeed working on a more powerful Nintendo Switch system.

Nintendo actually is working on a new model with upgraded display stuff and has been for ~1.5-2 years. I personally believe it's 4K given the signs I'm seeing in the firmware, but that's not confirmed yet and could be wrong.

Aula has firmware support some Realtek chip that advertises itself as a "4K UHD multimedia SoC", too, hence my belief it's 4K. That chip might be inside a new dock and not inside the tablet, though, there's no way to tell from the firmware code yet.

Aula explicitly supports handheld mode. It is not docked only; that's calcio, which seems like it's for internal only/never releasing since Calcio has no gamecard slot and no battery.

Checked my previous discussions with hexkyz, the upgraded tablet display is an OLED screen. Probably not higher resolution on tablet itself, so I guess the 4k realtek chip is more likely to be new dock than I thought it was.

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Remember when Nintendo had no plans at all to build a Switch pro? Then it changed for 'no new model this year' and here we are now :rofl:
I find it a bit surprising since Ninty has been flirting with cloud gaming this last year though.
I just hope it will be like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, just a new, more powerful iteration of the console with optimised options for games, and not like the New 3DS with exclusive games.
 

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What truly matters is if the system itself is more powerful than the original switch. At this point, with all the misguided ports from PS4/X1/PC, the switch needs a pro version to run decently its own games rather than proposing 4k games
 

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I'd love a Switch with a Vita 1k style screen and thinner bezels. I wonder if the SX Core will support it since it's using a Mariko SoC. TX said they don't think Nintendo will bother patching the core via hardware revision but it wouldn't be hard to just add random timings around the BCT and iram sig checks.
 
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What truly matters is if the system itself is more powerful than the original switch. At this point, with all the misguided ports from PS4/X1/PC, the switch needs a pro version to run decently its own games rather than proposing 4k games

So far is look like a revision 2 Switch, that already has better cooling and charging, plus a souped up Dock that gives it MORE POWER!
 
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So far is look like a revision 2 Switch, that already has better cooling and charging, plus a souped up Dock that gives it MORE POWER!
So far it's a vanilla Mariko SoC, with apparently a 4k chip in the dock, so I'm afraid of even worse performances. They really should just add more ram and a better gpu to it
 

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tbh I was just thinking it could be JUST a console. We already have the hybrid and the handheld only, so why not complete the trio? Just make it a rectangular box thats grey or red and blue.
still pretty neat though. hope there would be some limited edition designs that would be neat to see but i will probably will not get
 

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I personally think the switch is fine as it is. If they want to release a 4K dock that's fine but it doesn't justify purchasing a new console especially when the game catalogue isn't really that impressive. They should spend more time making newer games or probably putting the 3DS and DS online.

I can't think of any 2021 game that is highly anticipated besides Mario 3D world which is a port
 
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If it was for me, the Mini wouldn't exist, is way too crappy and saving some money is not worth it.

Then again the 3DS lineup had a lot of different versions so I guess is a Nintendo thing.

4K should have been in the original design. It would make sense for the screen to be OLED and 1080p and the dock supports up to 4K versus making something they could have made in the first place. My only guess is it would have been too expensive which is why they did what they did to keep the cost at $300. Making a revised dock would make more sense versus making a newer console because how many people are going to buy a 4K switch at $400 especially if the device doesn't really get new games.

The 3DS and NEW 3DS was a nightmare because some games were only playable on the New 3DS which pissed off alot of people who didn't want to shell out additional $$$ just to play 3 games that only supported the newer model 3DS.
 
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4K should have been in the original design. I

Something had to give to make the console portable. Besides the thing is basically a tablet and a 4K tablet is quite expensive today, more so when the Switch was in development.

What should be outright be redesigned are the crappy breakable controllers.
 
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