The Nintendo Switch Is Getting Updated Storage and a New CPU
It's no Nintendo Switch Pro, but updates to the original Switch's CPU and storage chips could beef up its processing power.
Initially reported by The Verge, a new CPU and updated storage chips are coming to the original Nintendo Switch according to a Class II Permission Change submitted to the Federal Communications Commission. A Class II Permission Change is a request to modify an existing piece of tech (AKA, the original Switch) without needing to recertify it for sale in the United States.
Nintendo is looking to make changes to two kinds of chips in the OG Switch. The first chip is the SoC type–the system-on-chip that houses the CPU and graphics. It also goes by the name of the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor–and it’s four years old. The second chips are flash storage chips commonly found in a solid-state drive. Those chips are referred to as NAND memory within the Class II Permission Change.
This, unfortunately, isn’t the Nintendo Switch Pro that’s been rumored for release this summer. It may seem that way considering we just got the Nintendo Switch Lite that was supposed to be accompanied by a beefier model, but the model number listed in the Class II Permission Change is the same as the original. With that being said, the updated CPU and graphics chips will likely have relatively small effects on performance. Any and all major buffs would probably be saved for a new model.
It’s tough to say what changes these updates will have. The Verge lists fewer slowdowns, faster load times, a longer battery life, and cooler operation as options, but it’s possible that we’ll see none of these things.
Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser recently told CNET that the Switch Lite will be the only new Switch hardware we see this year. We’ll have news of a stronger Switch model if and when it becomes available right here at DualShockers.