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A tech overhaul is afoot at Nintendo with Pikmin 4 making the jump to Unreal Engine - doing away with its in-house engine. The results impress: it moves to a dynamic 900p, boosts lighting and material quality and adds a host of post-effects to the experience. All round, the result is one of the Switch's best looking releases.

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Sources: Nintendo showed Switch 2 demos at Gamescom

The company is understood to have held private tech demos, ahead of an expected 2024 launch

Nintendo showed off tech demos for its Nintendo Switch successor behind closed doors at Gamescom, it’s understood.

That’s according to a new report from Eurogamer, which VGC can corroborate via our own sources.

According to the publication, Nintendo privately showed invited developers specially prepared tech demos for its next-generation games console, which could launch next year.

One ‘Switch 2’ demo is understood to have been an improved version of the Switch launch title Zelda: Breath of the Wild, running at a higher framerate and resolution than the original game did, on hardware targeting the new console’s specs (but there was no suggestion the game will actually be re-released.)

Another VGC source claimed that Nintendo showcased Epic’s impressive The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo – originally released to showcase the power of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in 2021 – running on target specs for its next console.

The demo is said to have been running using Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology, with advanced ray tracing enabled and visuals comparable to Sony‘s and Microsoft’s current-gen consoles.

Nintendo is yet to publicly discuss its next-gen console plans, but a recent VGC report indicated that the company is planning to launch new hardware late next year.

Although specific details on the hardware are being kept closely guarded, VGC sources indicated that the next-gen console would be able to be used in portable mode, similar to the Nintendo Switch.

Tokyo-based industry consultant Dr Serkan Toto told VGC that a 2024 console launch would make sense for Nintendo, since it’s projected to see double-digit declines in hardware and software sales this year for Switch, which launched in March 2017.

“I would generally say that looking at Nintendo’s financials, it seems clear that it’s time for a new piece of hardware in 2024,” he said. “Hardware is already projected to fall 16.5% year-on-year in the current fiscal, while the minus for software is expected to hit 15.9%.

“The only way to stop these losses from totally ballooning next fiscal is a new device, and the second half of 2024 sounds like a realistic release window to me.”

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I'd probably buy a new Switch if:
1. It played old Switch cartridges
2. Used Joycons

I would think it'd be a boon for Nintendo if they kept the Switch train going with a new handheld. Honestly, they could probably go for another generation or two with that same idea.

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MVG did a video on Switch 2 BC earlier in the year and reasons it might not happen.




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pixel wrote: Thu Sep 07, 2023 11:49 pm I'd probably buy a new Switch if:
1. It played old Switch cartridges
2. Used Joycons

I would think it'd be a boon for Nintendo if they kept the Switch train going with a new handheld. Honestly, they could probably go for another generation or two with that same idea.
I agree. I know Nintendo loves to make some new gimmick with every console they release, but the Switch is kinda perfect how it is. It has almost no real competition, so they could easily get away with a simple power upgrade and still make serious bank as long as it’s marketed as a new generation of system.

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It is pretty wild that the Switch came out all the way back in 2017. Six years used to be a huge leap. The N64 was 6 years old in 2002 and it was considered ancient.
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The more powerful tech gets, the less it ages.

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