Next-Gen Nintendo Switch is close to PS4/Xbox One performance, Activision internal emails claim

Published: Sep 18th 2023, 14:04 GMT   Comments

Activision was briefed on the Next-Gen Switch console in December last year

According to Activision’s internal emails that were made public thanks to the ongoing FTC vs. Microsoft case, the company was briefed on the next-generation console from Nintendo.

PlayStation4 and Nintendo Switch, Source: Engadget/Nintendo

According to a report from The Verge, the recently disclosed emails contain significant redactions, potentially leaving those eager for comprehensive details about the Switch 2 specifications somewhat disappointed. Nonetheless, these emails do undeniably confirm that Activision had prior knowledge of such a device, thereby confirming its active development.

Of greater significance, the accompanying documents in these emails reveal an insight into the capabilities of the Switch 2. It is purported to deliver performance on par with that of the PS4 and Xbox One, opening the door for Activision to develop more sophisticated games that are already thriving on those respective consoles.

Given the closer alignment to Gen8 platforms in terms of performance and our previous offerings on PS4 / Xbox One, it is reasonable to assume we could make something compelling for the NG Switch as well. It would be helpful to secure early access to development hardware prototypes and prove that out nice and early.

The meeting with Nintendo occurred in December of the previous year, and it’s worth noting that the specifications and performance targets may have undergone changes since then. The latest rumors circulating point towards the next-generation console possibly boasting 1280 NVIDIA CUDA cores, built on the Ampere architecture. This potential configuration opens up exciting possibilities, including the ability to provide higher performance by incorporating DLSS upscaling technology.

These fresh insights imply that Nintendo has been actively collaborating with prominent publishers such as Activision to prepare for the forthcoming Switch generation. Reports even suggest a planned release in 2024. This anticipated new console may retain an LCD screen and continue to support cartridge slots for physical game releases.

Source: The Verge

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