New Nintendo Switch firmware 12.0 may contain references to rumored new Switch 4K model

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The freshly released new Nintendo Switch firmware 12.0 may contain references to the rumored new Switch 4K model.

Nintendo released a new system update for the Nintendo Switch yesterday – system update 12.0.0. However, as we said, there were almost no release notes. We also suggested that this new firmware could include under-the-hood changes that Nintendo hasn’t shared. Well, as noted by and posted on Twitter by Switch dataminer @OutmealDome, it appears that the new firmware does indeed contain some changes that Nintendo intentionally failed to disclose.

According to the dataminer, the new 12.0.0 system update now makes it possible to update the Switch dock internally with new firmware with the new firmware labeled “CrdA” (Cradle for Aula), which is said to be a reference to the rumored new Switch model.

The new system update also added a new internal setting to the Nintendo platform – “4kdp_preferred_over_usb30”, possibly also referring to the 4K capabilities of the rumored new Switch model.

Interesting things for sure, and while this doesn’t confirm that Nintendo is indeed planning to release a new 4K Switch model, these references are in line with recent reports on the new model.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Nintendo plans to release a 4K Switch model with a 7-inch Samsung OLED display. In addition to offering 4K capabilities through NVIDIA’s DLSS technology, this new “Pro” would have an improved CPU and memory. The new 4K Switch model is set to launch at $ 349/399 by the end of this year and is likely to receive some Switch exclusive titles that take advantage of the platform’s new 4K capabilities.

We will update as soon as more information about the “new” Nintendo Switch arrives. Stay tuned for now and take the above information with a good pinch of salt.

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