We’re just over a month away from the next Nintendo Switch presentation, but the leaks are still coming in while we wait. Laura Kate Dale of Let’s Play Video Games has proven to be a reliable source for Switch news in recent months, and today she shared an update (via a source at Nintendo who is involved in the upcoming hands-on press events) that gives us some more information about the Nintendo Switch dock and how it will affect gameplay.
We’ve heard rumblings that Nintendo Switch will perform better when docked and being used as a home console than when being used as a handheld device, and Dale’s source says this is correct. However, the boost in performance is not due to additional hardware, such as a second CPU or GPU in the dock. Instead, the dock will boost the existing hardware’s clock speed, as both video and power will be transferred over USB-C when docked. The dock will contain an additional fan to keep the system running cool at higher clock speeds, and the boost will allow games to run at 1080p on your TV, as opposed to the reported 720p resolution of the handheld unit.
Dale’s source states that the Switch docks are incredibly light weight and cheap to produce. At some point after launch, Nintendo intends to sell docks as standalone products so that households with multiple TVs can easily hook their Switch up to any of them.
This information is not officially confirmed by Nintendo at this time, but Dale has sources at Nintendo and Ubisoft who have accurately leaked details such as when the Switch reveal would take place, the content of the reveal, Switch’s use of cartridges, the look of the portable device, and more. It’s also worth noting that since Dale began reporting on these Switch leaks, Nintendo UK has blacklisted her.
Source: Let’s Play Video Games