As Sony and Microsoft prepare to release their next-generation consoles in the wild, rumors of Nintendo’s future plans for Switch hardware continue to come thick and fast. You name it, Switch Pro has it. 4K upscaling? Natch. 48 hours battery life? We expect nothing less. Do you wake up in the morning with a coffee and a bacon sandwich? Ooo, brown sauce tak.
The latest rumor comes from the Economic Daily News and suggests that an upgraded version of Nintendo̵
The report suggests that Nintendo recently visited Innolux with the hint that it may stand out from its current display suppliers Sharp and JDI and uses Innolux Mini-LED display technology in an upgraded switch rumored to arrive next year.
For anyone unfamiliar with Mini-LED technology, no, this does not means a new switch will incorporate a tiny little screen into an upgraded Joy-Con or something similar (so you can stop imagining a VMU revival like we were in a hot minute!). Rather, the main screen of the new console would use Mini-LED technology as opposed to the backlit 720p LCD screen in the current models.
Still not sure what Mini-LED is? Well, it’s probably best described as a ‘hybrid’ of current backlit LCDs with OLED-style local lighting. Each pixel in an OLED screen emits its own light and can be turned on or off individually, while LCD screens rely on backlighting, which can result in bright wastage and dark areas of the screen that look ‘gray’ instead of black (think about what the illuminated ‘black’ screen looks like on your switch when you turn it on for the first time).
Unlike traditional LCD backlights, Mini-LED screens provide a much more local backlit field to illuminate the pixels on the screen more accurately, improving screen contrast and possibly battery life (there is less ‘waste’ or waste of light, as light is provided only to pixels that need it).
Apple reportedly adopts this technology for its devices as a cost-effective way to improve its display selection without going down the more expensive OLED or Micro-LED route (it should be noted that the confusingly named Mini-LED technology is various from Micro-LED tech, where the latter is essentially a smaller version of OLED).
So what does this mean for a hypothetical Switch Pro? Screen contrast and brightness to compete with an OLED screen and improved battery life, as the console draws power more efficiently to those parts of the screen that need lighting. Whether or not this rumor turns out to be significant, there are some who are guessing at the moment, but of all the wild whispers that make the rounds, this certainly sounds more likely than many.
Tell us below if you expect a screen upgrade like this in any new Switch model.