This is what Engine Software’s co-founder claims about the long-rumoured, but officially non-existing, stronger Nintendo Switch model.
Ruud van de Moosdijk, co-founder and vice president of Engine Software, told Nintendo Everything the following about this alleged Nintendo Switch Pro: „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. So, for compatibility reasons, your performance gets benchmarked on the lowest specifications. We have seen with prior ‘upgraded systems’ that the additional power never really got utilized well for this reason.”
In other words, he brought up the subject of the lowest common denominator, which in our case would be the weakest platform of a multiplat title. This is where a developer’s game has to run appropriately before anything else can be considered. And this is why Microsoft gave the devs some extra work by launching two Xbox Series models with different specifications in November last year… and CD Projekt RED has somewhat failed this task recently with Cyberpunk 2077, as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One struggled heavily with this game.
Back in January, we already wrote about a data miner who claims a stronger Nintendo Switch is planned: „Nintendo is working on a new model with upgraded display stuff and has been for ~1.5-2 years. I believe it’s 4K given the signs I’m seeing in the firmware, but that’s not confirmed yet and could be wrong. The new hardware is codenamed Aula, it’s using a Mariko SoC. There’s a bunch of references to it in code (atmosphere supports the new display already in theory). Aula explicitly supports handheld mode,” he wrote.
However, seeing how Nintendo has still not reduced the MSRP of the Nintendo Switch since its 2017 launch, so they might not think they need to release a powerful model, as the original one (plus the Lite) sell well.