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There have been many reports about the Nintendo Switch’s hardware power as of late. For many months, evidence suggested that the Switch is a Pascal-derived machine, only for multiple sources to contradict that by saying Maxwell and the 20nm Tegra X1 was the basis for the console. Now some more contradicting hardware news about the Switch has been uncovered, this time from some Japanese industry insiders. Tokyo based technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki tweeted some quotes from a Japanese analyst recently, giving a slightly different picture of what the Switch might be capable of. Despite previous reports that the Switch will be severely underpowered (running at about 40% when in handheld mode as opposed to when in docked mode), Mochizuki reports that the Switch will aim for a WQHD resolution when docked and 1080p when in handheld mode.
For those who don’t know, WQHD is basically 1440p, which makes for a nice transition between 1080p and 4k resolution. However, this does fly in the face of a huge number of reliable insider sources that claim Switch’s handheld mode will run at 720p. There’s also the question of whether or not the Switch can easily push 1440p, and that ultimately comes down to what kind of games Nintendo wants to make. Mochizuki also tweeted that the recently discovered VR expansion is probably just for patent purposes only and may not actually be used, just adding to the conflicting reports on Nintendo’s newest console. It seems the only way gamers can know for certain is to wait until the Switch is finally released in March 2017.