Nintendo Switch 2 To Only Have Limited DLSS Support, Claims Rumor

The official specs have still not yet been revealed.

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  • The upcoming Nintendo Switch 2 has been rumored to feature DLSS. Digital Foundry suggests it will be quite limited.
  • The portable will supposedly not feature DLA (deep learning accelerator), a chip architecture. It will limit the AI-upscaling support.
  • We suggest taking these rumors with a grain of salt. There is no official confirmation to support the speculations.

The awaited Nintendo Switch 2 specs have been rumored to feature DLSS technology in the past. While little is known about the specifications, fans were quick to exaggerate the details. However, a new rumor by Digital Foundry talks about the restricted power of the portable. DF suggests that Switch 2 will feature DLSS but in quite a limited manner. The console will supposedly lack DLA (deep learning accelerator), which is a chip architecture.

As per the insider Richard Leadbetter (at the 1:57:55 mark), Nintendo will use a custom form of the T239 chip, which lacks DLA capability. The chip with a DLA addition is already used in massive fields like self-driving cars. Not using DLA does not make DLSS an impossibility for Switch 2 but greatly hinders its usage. The CPU power is greatly reduced when DLA is used in chips, but a lack of it will put a great strain on the upcoming little giant. 

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The lack of DLA capability means that the AI-upscaling in the console will be weaker than we thought. In other words, the resolution of resource-consuming titles could only reach upwards of 1080p, with a select few minorities managing to rise to 1440p. The insider mentions that it depends on the nature of the game.

Additionally, the rumor contradicts many past reports about Switch 2’s specs. Some past speculations have pitted the unannounced portable with the last-gen tech, while others went as far as comparing it with the Xbox Series S or X. However, Digital Foundry is broadly trusted in the gaming hardware community. DLSS will likely be a limited feature in Nintendo Switch 2, but not to the extent mentioned by the vague old rumors we have seen thus far.

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The internet is rife with speculations regarding the specs and other facets of Nintendo Switch 2. A patent published by the company a few months ago suggested that the handheld would finally resolve the infamous stick drift issues. The console may feature Hall Effect joysticks that do not make physical contact and do not degrade over time. It was rumored to start production this year and is suspected to launch in late 2024 or 2025.

While there are some rumors with credible sources on the web, we suggest taking everything with a huge pinch of salt. Both Nintendo and Nvidia have yet to confirm the actual specs for the console, which could vary greatly from the rumors discussed here. The company has been mostly radio silent about the upcoming portable, including its official name.

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