Nintendo Switch spec rumors continue alongside the reveal of the console’s alleged clock speeds earlier this week. This time it’s Takashi Mochizuki of The Wall Street Journal offering up tweets about the console’s portable display and VR prospects from trusted analysts.
Despite many insiders suggesting the Switch’s portable 6.2-inch screen would have a display resolution of 720p, Mochizuki’s sources at the Ace Research Institute claim otherwise. “Nintendo Switch’s resolution not likely 1080 to 720 but WQHD to 1080, the tweet, reads. In other words, the implication is that the Switch will display games at WQHD on TVs and 1080p in portable mode.
For those who don’t know what WQHD resolution is, it’s essentially an image with four times the pixels of 720p resolution. While calling it 2K can be a bit of a misnomer, it’s easy to think of it as a half-step between full HD at 1080p and the 4K resolution standard. If true, it’s a lot better than what previous spec leaks have suggested.
Additionally, Mochizuki’s source also said those recent patents for a head-mounted display for Nintendo Switch should be taken as a concept rather than reality. “VR just for patent purpose not likely to be used,” the tweet concludes. This much is not surprising given what the device’s latest clock speeds show. If the unit is seemingly less powerful than many tablet competitors, a solid VR solution would be difficult to accomplish without a considerable hardware upgrade.
Mochizuki also mentions a supposed internal bus speed of 5Gbps for the unit, which greatly dwarves the 128 MBps offered by the likes of the 3DS.
Like any good rumor, however, these claims aren’t the gospel. While Mochizuki was correct in covering the Switch’s portable and cartridge-based nature in the past, there are others that disagree with his display suggestions. Notable among those is Nintendo insider Emily Rogers. Following the source tweet, she doubled down on the 720p portable spec as a means to conserve battery life. On TVs, resolutions could be rendered at 1080p or possibly 4K in rare instances.
Rogers is probably a safer bet given that her connections seem to be closer to Nintendo employees or developers rather than those who specialize in hardware enough to make an educated guess. If there’s anything gamers know about Nintendo, it’s that this company doesn’t often take the most likely path. In that sense, even the most qualified of analyses can be deeply flawed.
Nintendo Switch is expected to release in March 2017.
What do you think of these rumors? Is WQHD possible given the unit’s specs? Is this analyst wrong? Tell us in the comments section!