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Switch 2 demo included upgraded Zelda, Unreal Engine 5 and DLSS

This afternoon, it was reported that multiple developer sources had seen the Nintendo Switch 2 during a behind-the-scenes demo session at Gamescom last month. Now, we have some more details about what was specifically shown and it would appear that the Switch 2 will ship with the features we've been hoping to see in an updated Switch model for years. 

A report from VGC corroborates the earlier report that developers had seen the new-gen Switch at Gamescom. However, we get a bit more detail about the demo itself. Nintendo reportedly showed an updated version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on the new hardware, achieving higher frame rates and resolutions compared to the original Switch version. However, we do not know if this updated Switch 2 version of the game will ever see the light of day, it may have just been a quick and easy demo to put together to showcase new hardware capabilities.

Aside from the updated version of Breath of the Wild, the Switch 2 demo also included a showing of the Matrix Awakens tech demo. This demo arrived on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 consoles two years ago, developed by Epic Games to showcase new features of Unreal Engine 5. The demo was said to have been using Nvidia's DLSS technology for upscaling.

If true, this confirms that Nintendo's next console will be capable of running next-gen games developed with Unreal Engine 5. It also confirms that DLSS will be utilised on the console, something we had been hoping to see in a Switch Pro in recent years.

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KitGuru Says: We've seen bursts of fake Nintendo console rumours multiple times over the last few years. Just two years ago, many trusted sources were convinced that a Switch Pro was finally coming, only to be met with the Switch OLED, which uses the same hardware as the original model. With that in mind, any leaks about future Nintendo systems should be taken with a grain of salt.

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