Nintendo apparently provided a sneak peek at the upcoming Nintendo Switch 2 during a private presentation at Gamescom last month. According to Eurogamer’s report, a few trusted developers were given an early glimpse of the Switch 2, along with some technical demonstrations showcasing how games would perform on this yet-to-be-officially-announced system.
Among the showcased content was reportedly an enhanced version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, optimized to leverage the advanced hardware capabilities of the Nintendo Switch 2. This information aligns with prior rumors from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who had hinted at Nintendo discussing a next-generation Switch with specific developers at Gamescom.
Shortly after Eurogamer’s report, VGC confirmed these assertions and disclosed that Nintendo had also exhibited Epic Games’ The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo, running on hardware specifications in line with Nintendo’s next console aspirations. It was mentioned that this demo utilized Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology and had ray tracing capabilities enabled, suggesting a substantial chip upgrade collaboration between Nintendo and Nvidia for this upcoming next-generation gaming system.
There is a possibility that the next Nintendo console could make its debut in the year 2024.
Early last month, rumors for a Christmas 2024 launch for the Nintendo Switch 2 was revealed by VGC, and console development kits were being handed over to select “key partner studios”.
Sales of the current Nintendo Switch have been tapering off in recent times, prompting Nintendo to look to stimulate sales through the introduction of special edition OLED versions, such as the upcoming Mario RED Edition releasing soon! An Animal Crossing version was also hinted to release at the same time, so with these might be very well the last few special editions to release in anticipation of the next-gen Nintendo console.