NINTENDO is scrambling to deny reports that a 4K console is in development.
Rumours of a new console capable of supporting 4K have been flying around for a while now.
But things are coming to a head in the wake of a Bloomberg report that Nintendo has spoken out against.
The report cites anonymous sources at 11 different game companies, ranging from “ranging from large publishers to small studios and include at least one that has never made a console game before, Zynga Inc.”
They all say that they have a dev kit for Nintendo’s 4K capable hardware that they’ve been asked to design software for.
Since publishing the report, Zynga spokeswoman Sarah Ross denies the information from Bloomberg’s sources at the company.
“To clarify, Zynga does not have a 4K developer kit from Nintendo.”
Nintendo is also doing damage control, taking to its official Twitter account to make a statement on the matter.
“A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support.
“To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true.”
It followed up with a second tweet, saying that it has “no plans for any new model” other than than the OLED Nintendo Switch launching on October 8.
It’s safe to say that the responses have been filled with people who are sceptical, to say the least.
According to Bloomberg’s source, who’s “familiar with Nintendo’s hardware planning”, the 4K Nintendo Switch Pro was in development.
But it was scrapped due to component shortages – an issue we’re all familiar with having seen the PS5 and Xbox Series X stock issues.
Current speculation is that Nintendo will release its 4K console in late 2022.
The Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite are still selling well, and the OLED model will no doubt fly off the shelves as we head towards Christmas.
News of a confirmed 4K model might impact that as consumers may opt to wait until next year before upgrading or buying into the Switch ecosystem.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo does – the console might not launch at all.
But the company isn’t about to share its plans any time soon.
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