Richard Leadbetter and the guys at the Digital Foundry team dedicate their latest video analysis to the increasingly insistent rumors about Nintendo Switch Mini, the new hardware revision of Switch that the leaders of the Kyoto house should launch later this year and the first half of 2020.
Based on the rumors circulated on the net in the last few weeks, Switch Mini will be equipped with the same SoC as the next Nvidia Shield TV model, namely the lending Tegra X1 with the code name “Mariko” : the technical specifications of the chip in question have not been still communicated, but from the little information emerged online it seems that the new model of Tegra X1 can have 8GB of memory, or twice the memory available on the current Nintendo Switch model on the market.
From a purely theoretical point of view, therefore, with Switch Mini, Nintendo’s designers could guarantee us a console with significantly higher computational power than what is offered to us with the current Switch, with a difference in terms of performance that could be analogous to that between the basic model of PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro.
Another element of the Nintendo Switch Mini hardware specification to be kept in close consideration is also that represented by the heat dissipation: a form factor that provides a design too minute, in fact, could increase exponentially the danger of excessive overheating of the console. In this regard, the boys of DF believe that a solution to the problem could be that of a reduction in the clock frequency of the Tegra X1 chip compared to the values it could have on the future Nvidia Shield TV model.
The recent introduction of Switch’s CPU overclocking function, according to Digital Foundry experts, would go in this direction and would allow owners of Nintendo Switch Mini to obtain a higher refresh rate of the images on the screen and, in conjunction with a framerate more stable, higher resolution in the most demanding games in terms of performance, like Mortal Kombat 11 and The Witcher 3 Complete Edition . A sort of permanent “Boost Mode”, therefore.