Rumor: Datamine apparently reveals everything about the new Nintendo Switch review


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It’s only the seventh day of the year and we already have some wild Nintendo rumors circulating online, so grab some salt and read on.

Well-known dataminer and console hacker SciresM reportedly uncovered new details about the alleged Switch ‘Pro’ model while sifting through the firmware code – though they warn those details could do not to be exact and there is also quite a bit of speculation.

With that in mind, the revised system is apparently codenamed “Aula” and uses a Mariko SoC. In addition to this, it is believed that he will support both Playback on docking station and handheld, supports 4K one way or another and could potentially feature an OLED display. The Realtek chip can also be in the dock, rather than in the system.

Here’s the full breakdown of SciresM, via ResetEra:

Nintendo is currently working on a new model with improved display elements and has been doing so for about 1.5-2 years. Personally, I think it’s 4K given the signs I’m seeing in the firmware, but it’s not yet confirmed and could be wrong.

The new hardware is codenamed Aula, it uses a Mariko SoC. There are a bunch of references in the code (the Atmosphere already supports the new display in theory).

The tablet itself definitely has an improved display, not sure if it’s 4K.

Aula supports the firmware of a Realtek chip which also bills itself as a “4K UHD Multimedia SoC”, hence my belief that it is 4K. This chip may be inside a new dock and not inside the tablet, however, there is no way to know from the firmware code yet.

Aula explicitly supports portable mode. It’s not just anchored; this is calcio, which seems to be for internal only / never release since Calcio has no game card slot and no battery.

You can check the boot system module display code if you are curious. The new display doesn’t support pwm power management, it has its own specific vendor that I had to reverse engineer and implement a month or two ago.

Mariko has * noticeably * better cooling and better battery life. It is a real retreat from the original generation.

My best guess (pure speculation, no indication of the firmware is) is that if they need the extra performance they’ll push it to higher clock rates across the board.

But yes, I guess the games will be like the “DSi enhanced” games were, or how some games have benefited from PS4 Pro despite working on PS4.

Checked my previous discussions with hexkyz, the upgraded tablet display is an OLED screen. Probably not a higher resolution on the tablet itself, so I’m guessing the realtek 4k chip is more likely to be a new docking station than I thought.

Vanilla probably won’t.

We are in the realm of speculation. Aula has a new GPIO that redbox is unrelated to support for this, so I’m assuming redbox units won’t support the new thing.

Rumors of Switch ‘Pro’ have been circulating for a few years now, and a number of industry analysts are still convinced it will manifest itself at some point this year. You can catch up with all previous developments by our complete guide.

What do you think of all this? Do you think this is the real deal or is it as fake as this fake Nintendo Direct leak? Tell us in the comments below.

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