Further evidence would appear to confirm that the new dock from Nintendo Switch OLED be able to support 4K e HDR, however, where the console is currently not compatible with these features.
A few days ago we reported a video teardown made by Nintendo Prime, where elements such as the HDMI 2.0 port and a chip capable of supporting 4K and HDR were found inside the new dock.
As reported by VGC a few hours ago, a new analysis of KawlunDram’s hardware would seem to reinforce the theories of recent days. In particular, the new DP2HDMI appears to be a Realtek chip marketed as a “4K UHD multimedia SoC”. The same chip also seems to be the same one discovered by a dataminer in a firmware update in January, in which among other things a new hardware with code name “Aula” was also mentioned, which could be precisely Switch OLED , its dock or something new we don’t know about.
In any case, the new teardown would seem to confirm once again that the dock, at least on paper, is able to support 4K and HDR. KawlunDram also adds that “Switch’s Tegra X1 actually supports 4K at 60fps with HDMI 2.0“Nintendo also recently added the feature to update the dock firmware, exclusively for Switch OLEDs.
However, as also explained last time, this absolutely does not mean that in the future we will see Nintendo Switch games in 4K and with HDR on the OLED model. The dock alone cannot upscale from 1080p to 4K, but it has to be handled by the console hardware, which as we know is currently unable to do so.
However, the hypothesis remains valid that the Nintendo Switch OLED dock was made to be “futureproof” and maybe compatible with a possible new model capable of supporting 4K and HDR, in short, the much rumored Nintendo Switch PRO.