Nintendo has quickly denied a report that it has been working on a 4K Switch, just days before the launch of the new Nintendo Switch OLED.
When the OLED model was introduced, many Nintendo fans were disappointed that it did not include the heavily rumored 4K support. However, the Bloomberg report claims that it had initially been on the cards and that no fewer than 11 game makers around the world are in possession of the 4K toolkits supplied by Nintendo.
Eleven different sources seem to be pretty conclusive that this is (or maybe was) part of Nintendo’s plans. And yet the company wasted no time in posting an energetic denial on Twitter that kills any lingering hopes of an imminent Nintendo Switch Pro in its tracks:
We also want to reaffirm that, as we announced in July, we have no plans for any new models other than Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, which will be released on October 8, 2021. (2/2) September 30, 2021
So what is going on here?
While 11 different sources may have been misquoted or misinformed, the language of denial is worth looking at closely. It simply denies that Nintendo “is providing tools to further the development of a Nintendo Switch with 4K support.” He does not deny that this is something he has ever done.
Similarly, “we have no plans for any new model other than the Nintendo Switch – OLED Model” is not the same as saying “we have never planned a 4K Nintendo Switch”.
This may seem like a small semantic objection, but it could very well go a long way in explaining how outspoken the company can be. Please note that Nintendo singles out “our investors and customers” as individuals they attempt to communicate with in the tweet. Nintendo customers looking to get the latest and greatest Switch may be put off by the news of a possible follow-up in the works and that of course is bad news for the aforementioned investors.
Of the 11 companies that Bloomberg reportedly heard about, only one was named: Zynga. After the article was published, it was updated with an official denial from Zynga’s Sarah Ross, who said, “To clarify, Zynga does not have a 4K development kit from Nintendo.” Again, without sounding like a stuck record, this is not the same as saying you’ve never owned one.
In any case, whether the Switch Pro never existed or was just canceled, the result is the same for gamers – there won’t be a 4K version coming soon, so the OLED model is only as good as you’ll get.
Our full review is coming soon, but in the meantime, our hands-on Nintendo Switch OLED preview should give you a taste, while you decide whether to buy the current model or wait for the update.
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