New Nintendo Switch Successor May Lack DLSS Deep Learning Accelerator Technology

Recent reports suggest that the upcoming successor to the Nintendo Switch may not include Nvidia’s Deep Learning Accelerator (DLA) technology for upscaling. While it has been widely speculated that the next console from Nintendo would feature Nvidia’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) upscaling technology, which uses artificial intelligence to enhance graphics and performance, it appears that the console will not be equipped with the accompanying DLA.

DLA is an additional technology that complements DLSS by offloading intensive AI calculations, freeing up processing power for other tasks. Its absence in the rumored T239 GPU of the Switch’s successor could limit the viability of DLSS and potentially affect the console’s upscaling capabilities. Instead of achieving 4K upscaling, it is expected that the console would likely offer 1080p upscaling with a possibility of reaching 1440p depending on the game.

This news comes after Nintendo showcased tech demos for its next console behind closed doors at Gamescom, including a demonstration of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 tech demo, The Matrix Awakens, utilizing Nvidia’s DLSS technology. However, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has denied the existence of these tech demos, raising questions about the company’s plans and communication regarding its upcoming console.

It is important to note that Nintendo has previously denied press reports that later turned out to be true, adding further curiosity to the current situation. While Nintendo has yet to officially comment on the details of its next console, sources suggest that Switch 2 development kits have already been sent to key partners, indicating a possible launch in the second half of 2024.


Q: What is DLSS?
A: DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling, a feature exclusive to Nvidia graphics cards that uses artificial intelligence to upscale the resolution of games, providing improved graphical settings and higher frame rates on less powerful hardware.

Q: What is DLA?
A: DLA refers to Deep Learning Accelerator, an additional technology used by Nvidia’s DLSS solutions to enhance AI calculations and optimize processing power usage.

Q: Will the Nintendo Switch successor support 4K upscaling?
A: Considering the absence of DLA in the rumored T239 GPU, it is unlikely that the console will offer 4K upscaling. Instead, it is expected to provide 1080p upscaling, with the possibility of reaching 1440p depending on the game.

Q: Has Nintendo confirmed the existence of tech demos for its next console?
A: While Nintendo denied reports of showcasing tech demos at Gamescom, the company’s past denials that were later proven true have raised doubts about the accuracy of their statements.