Rumour: ‘Switch 2’ Gamescom Demo Supposedly Had Zelda: BOTW Running At 4K 60FPS

Rumors Suggest Nintendo Switch 2 May Feature Improved Version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Recent rumors suggest that Nintendo’s upcoming console, which is currently referred to as the ‘Switch 2’, was showcased to select developers at Gamescom 2023. According to reports from Eurogamer and VGC, the console featured an enhanced version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, specifics regarding the improvements were scarce. Additional details have now surfaced, adding to the speculation.

According to the latest rumors from a Nate the Hate podcast, the Gamescom tech demo displayed Breath of the Wild running at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, with a focus on eliminating load times. It’s important to note that this does not necessarily imply that the Switch launch title will be re-released with the next hardware. Instead, it was used to showcase the technical advancements of the successor console.

Furthermore, there are claims that the demo utilized DLSS 3.5, Nvidia’s real-time AI upscaling technology. However, it’s unclear if it fully implemented the feature set of the 3.5 version, such as frame generation. The possibility of a Switch successor incorporating the more powerful 3.5 version is indeed intriguing, especially considering the longstanding speculation surrounding the feature.

During the podcast, the host mentioned that many conversations pointed towards a potential March 2024 date. However, it remains uncertain whether this refers to a reveal or a release date. Previous rumors from this year suggested that the Switch 2 would aim for a late 2024 release.

It’s crucial to highlight that these rumors, like the original report, are based on unofficial sources and hearsay. Nintendo has not confirmed any of these details at this time. Additionally, if the reported specifications are accurate, it’s important to consider that the Gamescom demonstration was a tech demo and may not represent the final console’s exact features.

For more insight, you can watch the complete discussion from Nate the Hate’s podcast in the video above.

What are your thoughts on these latest rumors? Would you like to see an improved version of Breath of the Wild on the ‘Switch 2’? Let us know in the comments.