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Rumours of a "Switch Pro" refuse to go away, with Bloomberg now reporting that Nintendo has told third-party developers to ensure their future titles are 4K-ready – yet another big hint that a more powerful Switch variant is on the way.

The report claims its sources are “outside game developers” that are familiar with Nintendo’s plans (thanks, VGC) and adds weight to the claim that the new Switch will be capable of 4K visuals.

However, it is speculated that this will be achieved using Nvidia’s DLSS AI upscaling techniques, rather than pure 4K output. This process – which grants high-resolution visuals with little in the way of a performance hit – is used in Nvidia's Shield hardware, which is based on the same internal architecture as Switch.

Rumours of a Switch Pro have been circulating for quite some time now, with several senior analysts and journalists predicting that a new model is on the way. Most recently, we saw reports from Taiwan that a new model is in production and will launch in 2021 alongside major software releases.

[source bloomberg.com, via videogameschronicle.com]