Teardown Suggests The Swap OLED Dock Is 4K 60fps-Prepared And ‘Future Proof’

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Replace: We already know that the dock which comes with the Swap OLED is theoretically able to outputting 4K / 60fps, however now KawlunDram has accomplished some extra digging and has found that the chip contained in the dock is positioned as a “4K UHD multimedia SoC” by its producer Realtek (thanks, VGC).

Apparently, the identical chip was referenced in a Swap firmware replace earlier this yr, alongside the codename ‘Aula’. KawlunDram additionally factors out that the Tegra X1 SoC contained in the Swap does really assist 4K 60fps output over HDMI 2.0 already, however there’s at the moment nothing to counsel that Nintendo intends so as to add this feature to the prevailing Swap {hardware}.

Authentic Story [Tue 5th Oct, 2021 09:30 BST]: The dock which ships with the Swap OLED is able to outputting 4K 60fps, it has been steered.

The declare comes from YouTuber Nintendo Prime, who managed to pay money for a console forward of its official launch on Friday. When evaluating the revised dock with the unique one, it was discovered that not solely does the dock itself have the HDMI 2.0 controller required for 4K output, however the cable it ships with can be 4K-ready.

By the use of comparability, the HDMI controller inside the unique dock adheres to the older HDMI 1.4 customary, as is the cable it ships with and isn’t able to 4K 60fps.

Nintendo Prime additionally factors out that whereas there’s an ARM-based chip on the dock’s motherboard, it doesn’t have the ability required to upscale a 1080p picture to 4K, so any upscaling would should be dealt with by a extra highly effective Swap console.

These findings may counsel that Nintendo has basically future-proofed the dock forward of one other {hardware} iteration which may doubtlessly introduce 4K 60fps. Late final month, 11 builders spoke anonymously to Bloomberg stating that they’d 4K dev kits and had been creating video games to hit that decision – a declare that was rapidly and publicly denied by Nintendo.

Then, a day later, a patent was made public which means that Nintendo is working by itself upscaling expertise just like Nvidia’s DLSS (Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling).

All of this naturally matches in with rumours that Nintendo is engaged on a ‘Swap Professional’ system, a machine that insiders declare is predicted to launch subsequent yr. Might it’s that the Swap OLED was imagined to be the Swap Professional, and that the continuing world chip scarcity prompted Nintendo to rethink its plans? Or maybe the corporate all the time deliberate to launch the OLED mannequin as a manner of refreshing the ‘base’ mannequin of the console forward of the extra highly effective Professional variant hitting the market?

Maybe – and that is the least thrilling principle of all of them – it is simply tougher to get HDMI 1.4 cables and controllers today, so Nintendo has opted to make use of the extra commonly-availably HDMI 2.0 variations? Tell us your ideas beneath.

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