Nintendo denies reports of 4K Switch development

Following a claim that 11 companies had been testing increased resolutions.

Following a recent Bloomberg report which claimed that 11 companies were working on games supporting 4K resolutions for the Nintendo Switch, the gaming giant has issued a swift denial.

The Bloomberg report claimed that employees from 11 different companies – including mobile gaming publisher Zynga – had stated they were in possession of a 4K development kit for the Nintendo Switch. It also noted that “a system capable of handling 4K games isn’t expected to be released until late next year at the earliest.” 

The Japanese Nintendo Company Twitter account released the following statement in response, decrying the details of the report:

“A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true.

“We also want to restate that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will launch on October 8, 2021.”

The new OLED model is due to release shortly alongside Metroid Dread, but after more than a year of rumors swirling about a “Switch Pro” it was a surprise to many that the device didn’t feature any performance upgrades.

According to Bloomberg, the OLED model was originally intended to support 4K resolutions, but that it is “unclear exactly when the design changed.” Bloomberg claims that by the time the decision to drop 4K support was made, kits had already been sent out to development teams. It’s worth noting, however, that Zynga has also officially denied that the company has a 4K development kit.

Whether Nintendo still has plans for a Nintendo Switch model to support 4K gaming or not, it appears that we’ll be unlikely to hear on the topic until later next year at the earliest.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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