There was a time a year ago when it seemed like every day brought with it a new ‘Switch Pro’ rumor, although things have been quieter on that front recently. However, an Nvidia employee confirmed – apparently by accident – the existence of a chip, the Tegra239, which has been rumored to be around since 2021 and was supposed to power that mystical new Nintendo hardware we’ve all been waiting for.
He shared this information on Twitter @CentroLeaks after they picked him up GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit and shares it u/followmeinblue. Nvidia is currently holding a three-day event to promote many of its new products, including its next-generation graphics cards — many details of which were leaked in March of this year.
The comment from a Tegra239 employee — which can be seen below and was found as part of the message — is the first official confirmation we’ve had of this specific system-on-a-chip (SoC). Full details can be accessed at linux.orghowever, here’s an excerpt from the subreddit:
This, of course, still doesn’t confirm the existence of any ‘Switch Pro’ or ‘Switch 2’, but it’s consistent with a March leak from @NWPlayer123 who found references to “T234/T239”. Speculations on the subreddit linked above put the potential score for a hypothetical console using this chip in the PS4 performance range.
Current Switch models run on a ‘Mariko’ revision of Nvidia’s Tegra X1 SoC, although rumors last year suggested that Nvidia was ending production of that outdated chip.
In recent comments, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that “things are only clear for the next financial year” in terms of console production, while former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has his thoughts on how Nintendo can prepare for the Switch’s successor — whenever we get it!
So what do you think of this chip? Is the Switch Pro just under warranty? Will we get it next year? Will it be backwards compatible? Let us know!