Just when we thought the latest Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite firmware update could not reveal any more juicy secrets about the future of the Switch family of consoles, comes another incredible datamined revelation.
And, this time, it's about the next-gen console gamers are desperate for – the Nintendo Switch Pro, which is slated for release later this year.
The information comes courtesy of dataminer OatmealDome (opens in new tab), who recently posted his discovery on Twitter. In that post, which can be seen below, OatmealDome states that in the latest 12.0.0 firmware for the Switch the following setting can be found: "is_crda_fw_update_supported".
The dataminer then proceeds to explain that "CrdA" = Cradle (Dock) for Aula. Aula is the codename for the new model". This information is explained again by commentator Mike Heskin, who states that '"CrdA means "Cradle Aula". It's a new dock for the upcoming 4K model.' Check out the revealing post in full below:
[Nintendo Switch Firmware Update]About my earlier tweet about update 12.0.0 being able to upgrade the dock firmware...There is also this setting: "is_crda_fw_update_supported""CrdA" = Cradle (Dock) for Aula. Aula is the codename for the new model.(Thanks to @hexkyz!) https://t.co/USSPCbG20q pic.twitter.com/gwsOZdmg6bApril 6, 2021
What's even more exciting, though, is that the exact same dataminer has also discovered another line (opens in new tab) in the latest Switch firmware, which specifically makes reference to 4K. And in the context of 4K being used over a USB 3.0 input, too – which means the new Switch would be docked when displaying at a UHD resolution.
[Nintendo Switch System Update]12.0.0 adds this internal setting:“4kdp_preferred_over_usb30”I’m NOT SAYING that this is “Prefer 4K DisplayPort over USB 3.0”.But, if it is, it makes sense. The Switch uses DP for video output, and 4K output is rumoured for the new model. pic.twitter.com/mFDbR6TAQFApril 6, 2021
As can be seen in the above tweet, the specific line states "4kdp_preferred_over_usb30", which is inferred to mean that the new Switch will make use of a DisplayPort connection when docked in its new cradle to display at a 4K resolution on the attached TV or monitor.
This news, that there is a new model of Nintendo Switch coming, that it will offer a 4K resolution when docked, and that it will come with a brand new design of dock, is not new, with plenty of recent reports based on leaked information saying as such.
Nevertheless, it is very exciting to see what looks like references to these things in official Nintendo Switch firmware, and especially so considering that we're now roughly only half a year away from the Nintendo Switch Pro release date.
Here at T3 we couldn't be more excited about the Nintendo Switch Pro's launch, so here's hoping we hear more about the next-gen console soon. Nintendo has confirmed it is partaking in this year's virtual E3 games show, so maybe just maybe we'll get a teaser then.