Nintendo fans eagerly anticipating the release of the Switch 2 may need to adjust their expectations, especially if they were hoping for 4K graphics. Recent insights from Digital Foundry’s DF Direct Weekly podcast, featuring co-host Richard Leadbetter, suggest that Nvidia’s custom T239 processor, rumored to power the Switch 2, might lack a Deep Learning Accelerator (DLA). According to Leadbetter, this absence could significantly limit the viability of Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) on the upcoming console.
In the podcast episode, Leadbetter shared information from his sources, indicating that without a DLA, the Nintendo Switch 2 might be constrained to 1080p upscaling or potentially 1440p in select games for its DLSS capabilities. The embedded video from DF Direct Weekly provides further details on this development.
This revelation follows Digital Foundry’s earlier report identifying the Nvidia T239 as the likely successor to the Tegra X1 on the Switch 2. Leadbetter explained in the previous report that a DLA would play a crucial role in reducing the computational cost of DLSS, a feature that enhances graphics by leveraging deep learning. Without this component, the Switch 2 might not achieve the same level of performance.
While Nintendo has traditionally prioritized innovative gameplay over cutting-edge graphics, the news might disappoint fans anticipating a leap to 4K gaming. The absence of 4K support on the Switch 2 aligns with Nintendo’s historical focus on gameplay rather than raw graphical power. However, it’s worth noting that Nintendo’s popular franchises, like the upcoming Mario Kart X, have a knack for capturing players’ attention regardless of resolution.