Nintendo's Changes to the Original Switch Could Give It an I
Known hacker and dataminer Mike Heskin has posted a lengthy Twitter thread detailing what they know about the upcoming revision to the original Nintendo Switchsee deal
Nintendo Switch - Gray Joy-Con, based on previous dives into the Switch's operating system.In their thread, Heskin reports that the revised "T214" units, which is the upcoming revised Switch and not the Switch Lite, features "4GB or 8GB LPDDR4xx DRAM with planned support for 10nm chips." This should translate to a "small battery longevity boost" and potentially a "modest performance boost" thanks to the new GM20B_B GPU.These details are not officially from Nintendo, so we'll have to see just how much changes once the revised Switch models officially enter retail. But you can see all of Heskin's findings in their Twitter thread below.Now that the first Mariko based Switch has finally been announced, I believe it's a good time to provide some insight on what has been going on inside the Switch's HOS regarding new hardware.— Mike Heskin (@hexkyz) July 11, 2019Original story follows:While all eyes are on the new Nintendo Switch Lite, Nintendo has quietly made a request to make some changes to the original Nintendo Switch. These changes include a new chip and processor that could theoretically improve the performance of the original Switch.As reported by The Verge, Nintendo submitted a new filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting permission to alter an existing device. In this case to make changes to FCC ID: BKEHAC001, which refers to the original Nintendo Switch.Nintendo requested a Class II permissive change in order update the system-on-chip (SoC), NAND Memory type, and CPU Board. This means Nintendo is looking to at least update the Nvidia Tegra processor, or the Switch’s SoC, for a newer one.
Image via FCCHere’s the thing: a new chip could mean a host of minor improvements, or it could mean nothing much at all. Nintendo’s existing Tegra X1 processor is hardly outdated, but a new chip could be necessary for manufacturing and cost reasons.
Nintendo Switch Performance Enhancements?
However, that doesn’t rule out small performance enhancements either. A newer chip could speed up games, decrease load times, and improve battery life. Nintendo already proved it can get better performance out of Nintendo Switch games after releasing a boost mode update following the release of Nintendo Labo VR. So there's still room for improvement on the original Switch models.The timing of the chip update also coincides with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite. Nintendo confirmed to The Verge that the Switch Lite will use a new, more power-efficient chip layout that “slightly” improves batter life. So there’s a chance Nintendo’s FCC filing means older Switch consoles will be getting a similar chip as well.
Nintendo Switch Lite Comparison, Specs, Reactions
For more on today’s Switch Lite announcement, check out our Switch Lite and original Switch comparison, Switch Lite spec sheet, and Switch Lite online reactions.Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.关注无极荣耀官网（www.laicachina.com.cn）。