The new firmware update for the Switch may not have given us folders or themes, but Nintendo could have something far more exciting planned. According to a story via Nintendo Everything, a UK-based dataminer/reverse engineer named Mike Heskin has discovered the latest system update adds “preliminary support” for a new hardware model.
Here are the findings posted on his Twitter page, which also suggest there’s evidence of a second display “of sorts” exclusive to this model:
Firmware 10.0.0 adds preliminary support for a new hardware model: “nx-abcd”. 3 of the 5 new DRAM profiles are for this new hardware type and there’s evidence of a secondary display of sorts being added exclusively on this model.
When asked by a follower how powerful this new unit could potentially be, Heskin said it would be running on the X1+ (which refers to NVIDIA’s Tegra X1+ chip – read about it in our previous story):
Right, it’s all still X1 (actually X1+, which is X1 with the new t214/t210b01 SoC). I’m not sure how much more power they can squeeze out of it. As it is 4K, for example, seems near impossible.
For some time now, there’s been ongoing rumours about Nintendo releasing an additional ‘Pro’ model Switch. In January, we heard how this rumoured system might not actually be as powerful as expected and during Nintendo’s financial results briefing around the same time, president Shuntaro Furukawa said there were “no plans” to launch a new Switch model in 2020.