Reportedly, the company privately demonstrated several tech demos to a select group of developers.
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Confirming earlier rumors, a new report has emerged, indicating that Nintendo indeed unveiled its upcoming handheld console, commonly referred to as Nintendo Switch 2, during the gamescom 2023 event last month. However, the presentation was conducted discreetly behind closed doors and was exclusively for a select group of developers.
As reported by Eurogamer, Nintendo privately showcased specially prepared tech demos to the invited developers, offering a glimpse of what to expect from their next-generation gaming console, which is anticipated to launch sometime next year.
One of these demos for the Switch 2 console is said to be an enhanced version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, re-designed to take full advantage of the new console's improved specs. The report also emphasizes that what was shown was only a tech demo, and there are no indications that the game will be re-released.
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Another report, shared by VGC, suggests that Nintendo demonstrated Epic Games' 2021 The Matrix Awakens tech demo for Unreal Engine 5 running smoothly on their upcoming console. Notably, this demo was allegedly powered by NVIDIA's DLSS upscaling technology and featured advanced ray tracing, delivering "visuals comparable to Sony's and Microsoft's current-gen consoles".
Previously, Nintendo's President Shuntaro Furukawa said that the company wants to do "as much as possible in order to make a smooth transition" to the next console, adding that Nintendo intends to do this by using the Nintendo Account system and noting that the new console will have a compatibility with the current Switch model.
And back in May, during an investor Q&A session, Furukawa revealed that the new console would most likely have a significantly shorter time gap between the announcement and release compared to Nintendo Switch, stating that the latter's two-year period between the announcement and release was a "special case".