In a recent leak that has sent ripples through the gaming community, it appears that the forthcoming Nintendo Switch 2 is set to outshine the Xbox Series S in a critical aspect: RAM. According to Felipe Lima, a trusted source from Universo Nintendo, the Switch 2 is slated to boast a formidable 12GB of RAM.
This revelation emerged following an exclusive showcase to select developers at the Gamescom tradeshow in Cologne, Germany, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the highly anticipated console. Despite the anonymous nature of the source, it’s advised to approach these leaks with a degree of caution.
To put this into perspective, the existing Nintendo Switch is armed with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. In contrast, the PS5 and Xbox Series X are armed with a formidable 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, representing a substantial leap in memory capacity. The Xbox Series S, in the same breath, utilizes 10GB of the same sixth-generation RAM.
If these leaks hold water, the Nintendo Switch 2 would surpass the Xbox Series S in terms of RAM capacity. It’s worth noting, however, that the source refrains from specifying the type of RAM that will be integrated into the Switch 2.
Should the Switch 2 opt for 10GB of GDDR5 RAM, akin to that found in the PS4 and Xbox One, the entry-level Xbox Series S would enjoy a generational edge over Nintendo’s new hardware. While the Switch 2 may lead in sheer numerical terms, the Xbox’s employment of faster memory could potentially yield notable performance gains.
There is also speculation surrounding the possibility of the Switch 2 adopting GDDR6 RAM. Yet, this would mark a departure from Nintendo’s established practice of adopting RAM generations in sequence, introducing an element of uncertainty to this particular rumor. Speculation has been rife, suggesting a 2024 release and an attractive price point of $399, a mere $50 higher than the Nintendo Switch OLED.
However, in comparison to the Switch, the extra RAM could potentially enable the Switch 2 to handle more resource-intensive games and multitasking with increased efficiency. There have been circulating speculations asserting that the Final Fantasy VII Remake performs and visually resembles a PlayStation 5 game on the Switch 2 development kit, with the porting process being described as swift and straightforward.
Additionally, the source validates the earlier report regarding the Nintendo Switch 2 demonstration, affirming that the demo unit employed NVIDIA’s DLSS upscaling technology alongside advanced ray tracing effects. Felipe reveals that the prototype specifically utilized Nvidia DLSS 3.1 and assured that “ray tracing is indeed possible”.
Fans and experts alike are eagerly awaiting official information from Nintendo, hoping to leave behind the era of conjecture, rumors, and leaks. Considering that Nintendo unveiled the first-generation Switch in October 2016, there is a possibility that they may follow a similar rollout strategy for their upcoming hardware.