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Nintendo reportedly asking developers to make games "4K-ready"

Nintendo has often been speculated to be working on hardware revisions of the Switch hybrid console, and to some extent, those rumors have turned out to be true. Last month, the idea of a Switch revision resurfaced when a report claimed that the company is planning a Switch revision for 2021, with an improved display and "improved interactivity".

Now, a new Bloomberg report suggests 4K support for the revision. The report doesn't go deep into details, but it cites sources at several third-party developers saying Nintendo has asked them to make their games 4K-ready. Considering the Switch currently only renders games at 1080p, at best, 4K support would be a major upgrade, especially considering it's just a mid-life hardware refresh.

Previously, Nintendo has been reported to be working on a strong lineup of games to go along with the new Switch model, which could help drive its sales. It makes sense for these games to offer something on the new hardware that you wouldn't get with a regular Switch, but whether that includes 4K support remains to be seen.

The report otherwise focuses on production of the current Switch models, which Nintendo is said to be increasing by 20%, with assembling factories now "working at 120%". In its quarterly earnings report in August, the company posted sales numbers that doubled the same period of last year, and it would seem that momentum isn't slowing down soon. According to analysts, the Switch won't be significantly affected by the next generation of consoles, and demand for the Switch is likely to increase even more towards the end of the year. The company is said to be selling as many as 30 million units of the Switch this fiscal year.

After a somewhat quiet year, Nintendo has started to open up about its plans for the final months of 2020, with new Mario games coming over the next few months, Pikmin 3 Deluxe launching on October 30, and most recently, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was announced for November 20. These new titles are likely to help the company drive sales through the end of the year.

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