Could this be Nintendo’s newest worst kept secret? (pic: Nintendo)
A dataminer may have uncovered more evidence for the Nintendo Switch Pro, with the latest firmware seeming to reference a new dock.
Despite not being officially announced, many already believe that an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch console, nicknamed the Switch Pro, is coming this year, thanks to a mixture of inside sources and datamines.
Earlier this week, one dataminer named OatmealDome may have discovered even more evidence pointing to its existence. Or, more specifically, a new Switch dock.
According to their findings, the recent 12.0.0 firmware update includes the following internal setting: ‘4kdp_preferred_over_usb30.’ Although there’s no way to know for sure what that means, the obvious assumption is that it relates to the Switch displaying games in 4K when plugged into the dock.
This has already been one of the most common rumours about the Switch Pro and, since the current Switch dock hasn’t received any sort of update in the last four years, this likely means that a new dock will be released alongside the upgraded console.
OatmealDome also uncovered another setting: ‘is_crda_fw_update_supported.’ It’s assumed that ‘crda’ stands for Cradle Audla. This is significant because Cradle is believed to be the internal name used for the Switch dock, while Audla is a codename for the new Switch model. This matches up with another datamine from January, which also listed the Audla name.
Separately, OatmealDome discovered that the recent Switch update also involves references to the Bluetooth driver. There’s no guarantee that it will actually be used but it could mean Nintendo plans to make it possible for you to use a wireless headset with the console.
Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser was quizzed about the Switch Pro back in December, but he downplayed its existence, suggesting that the company is focused more on the current models.
However, Nintendo is not the sort of company to drop hints before an official announcement and given the weight of evidence it’s now looking increasingly likely that the Switch Pro is real. What form it will take though, and whether the dock will be available separately, is currently impossible to guess.
Nintendo is among those attending E3 2021 and with Bowser himself talking the event up, a possible theory is that the company will choose then to properly announce the Switch Pro.
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