Production of the NVIDIA Tegra X1 ‘Mariko’ is coming to an end, according to a new rumour. The Tegra X1 ‘Mariko’ powers the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite, so we may be set to see a new Switch Pro or Super Switch this year, after all.
Last year, Nintendo submitted a revised Switch model to the FCC, albeit one that was probably another silent revision on the model that it released in 2017. However, rumours about Nintendo releasing a more powerful Switch have been gathering pace, as we reported last week. Now Gamereactor has received information from an insider that NVIDIA will soon stop producing the Tegra X1 ‘Mariko’, which Nintendo uses in the Switch and the Switch Lite.
According to recent leaks, Nintendo plans to equip a new Switch to a 7-inch OLED display, which would be quite the upgrade from the 6.2-inch IPS displays found in the current Switch and Switch Lite. Phasing out the Tegra X1 ‘Mariko’ implies that Nintendo would need to revise both the Switch and the Switch Lite though, unless it has secured enough SoCs for a while to come.
If Nintendo is to equip the next Switch with an OLED display, then it will apparently run at 720p, not 1080p. Additionally, all rumours point towards the next Switch merely being a more powerful version of the current console rather than a next-generation model. If a Switch Pro or Super Switch comes to market this year, then we doubt that Nintendo will release a next-generation console for at least another couple of years.
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Alex Alderson, 2021-03- 9 (Update: 2021-03- 9)