Behind the Scenes at Gamescom: Nintendo Switch 2 Showcased

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If you had visited the Nintendo booth at Gamescom in Cologne last month, you might’ve enjoyed playing Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. But did you know that the Nintendo Switch 2 was being showcased behind the scenes? In other words, developer presentations took place behind closed doors.

The Nintendo Switch 2 was showcased to make the partners understand how well the system is designed. And one of the demos included a souped-up version of the fan-favorite Zelda: Breath of the Wild (source: Eurogamer). This version of the game was designed to hit the beefier target specs of the new console. However, it is important to note that it was only a tech demo. There’s no official confirmation about the game being re-released.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t the only thing that the Nintendo Switch 2 ran during the tech demo. In addition, Nintendo showcased the hardware performance with The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo (source: Video Games Chronicle). And if you recall, this tech demo was originally released to showcase the power of Xbox Series X and PS5.

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This demo utilized Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology. Additionally, the demo had advanced ray tracing enabled. These two features allowed the Nintendo Switch 2 to offer comparable visuals to the current-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. However, you should note that this doesn’t mean that the Switch successor has the raw power closer to the Xbox Series X or PS5.

Interestingly, Nintendo filed patents for a potential AI upscaling technology back in March 2020. These patents were made available to the public in 2021. And if you had the chance to go through them, they describe a process that’s similar to the main functionality of Nintendo Switch.

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That is, the games can run at one particular resolution while a device is running on battery. And when you connect to a power socket or connect it to a TV, the game gets upscaled to 1080p. Now, for those wondering, Nintendo is yet to publicly announce its plans for the Switch 2. But a recent report suggested that it will go official late next year (source:  Video Games Chronicle).

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