Everything We’ve Learned Recently About The Nintendo Switch Successor

Since Gamescom took place a few weeks ago, we’ve seen small bits of information trickling out in regards to the successor to the Nintendo Switch, known amongst fans as the “Switch 2”. It’s been reported that the console was demoed to key business partners and developers at the event, in private meetings only for those partners. In the last few days however, more alleged details have began to leak about the console from different sources. We’re going to put them all together in this post, to get you up to date with what’s going on with the Switch 2!

Firstly, Eurogamer reported that the secret Switch successor meetings featured a demo of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on this new system. Allegedly, the port of the game running was “designed to hit the Switch 2’s beefier target specs”, performing at an enhanced frame rate and resolution (via VGC). There was no suggestion that this would be an official port to the system at launch, but rather just a demo of what the system is capable of. In a similar vein, VGC reports the impressive tech demo The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 is also said to have been shown running on the system, complete with raytracing, thanks to Nvidia’s DLSS technology. The end result was said to be an image “comparable” to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. 

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The Nintendo Switch has had a good run, but after almost seven years on the market it’s time for an update.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, other recent leaks from a credible ResetEra leaker suggested that Final Fantasy VII Remake is in development for the Switch successor, with it allegedly performing to par with the PS5 version of the game when running on Nintendo devkits. This would be made possible once again thanks to DLSS, with the exact iteration of DLSS said to be the DLSS 3.1, as per Necrolipe on X (formerly Twitter).

As for hardware specifics, the new system is rumoured to have a camera (via the same ResetEra leak mentioned prior), and to once again use cartridges, but this time in a different shape. The different shaped cartridges could be similar to the evolution in cartridge from the Nintendo DS to the Nintendo 3DS, keeping a similar form factor to allow backwards compatibility, but with some tweaks preventing the 3DS cartridge being inserted in the incompatible DS. Finally, Necrolipe’s aforementioned post also touches on the RAM of the system, which is thought to be 12GB on consumer models.

That’s all we know for now. Eurogamer’s initial report states that Nintendo are keen to get the system out as soon as they can, so it may not be all that long before we get an official system reveal ahead of the 2024 launch. What do you want to see from a Switch successor? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more breaking gaming news.

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