Nintendo Switch 2 Won’t Feature a Deep Learning Accelerator, Potentially Limiting DLSS


The Nintendo Switch 2 console is not going to sport a deep learning accelerator to support DLSS, according to rumors circulating online.

During the latest episode of the Digital Foundry Weekly podcast, Richard Leadbetter stated that he heard from sources that the new console by Nintendo will not feature DLA, which could potentially limit the system’s DLSS capabilities to 1080p upscaling or 1440p in some scenarios. To be fair, none of NVIDIA’s consumer GPUs to date feature a DLA, but as the T234 chip, upon which the T239 chip of the Switch 2 is based, features a deep learning accelerator, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable for the console’s chip to have one as well. It is likely that such inclusion didn’t fit Nintendo’s plans and may have forced the company to sell the console at a higher price than intended.

As mentioned above, the Nintendo Switch 2 will still be able to support NVIDIA DLSS without a deep learning accelerator, so what we have heard so far still stands. With Ray Reconstruction
support, the system is setting out to top the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S when it comes to ray tracing. Frame Generation, on the other hand, is unlikely to be supported, as the console is hardly going to target high refresh rate gameplay, which is where Frame Generation helps a lot.

The Nintendo Switch 2 has yet to be officially revealed. We will keep you updated on the console as soon as more come in on it, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

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