Activision hints Switch 2 performance could rival PS4, Xbox One

    The successor to the Nintendo Switch is garnering increasing attention as reports of its development become more prevalent.

    Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch

    What has piqued curiosity is the revelation that this successor to the popular gaming console may, in terms of performance, closely align with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    While it signifies a notable advancement from the current Switch, it falls short of matching the technological prowess of Sony and Microsoft's latest gaming offerings.

    As disclosed by The Verge, a meeting took place in December 2022 between top executives from Activision Blizzard, including CEO Bobby Kotick, and Nintendo to discuss the prospects of the Switch 2.

    Details gleaned from a redacted summary document labelled "NG Switch Draft.pdf," unveiled during the FTC v. Microsoft hearings, hint at insights shared by Chris Schnakenberg, Head of Platform Strategy and Partner Relations at Activision.

    These insights suggest that Nintendo's next console may not aim to outdo the latest cutting-edge hardware but rather draw closer to the capabilities of the PS4 and Xbox One.

    "Given the closer alignment to Gen8 platforms in terms of performance and our previous offerings on PS4 / Xbox One, it is reasonable to assume we could make something compelling for the NG Switch as well," Activision Blizzard said in the documentation reviewed by The Verge.

    "It would be helpful to secure early access to development hardware prototypes and prove that out nice and early."

    Nintendo has long since moved away from direct competition with Microsoft and Sony in terms of technical prowess. As a result, it's unsurprising that the upcoming Switch may not match the graphical capabilities of a PlayStation 5.

    However, what gamers can anticipate is a substantial boost in processing power while preserving the cherished hybrid nature of the Switch. This combination promises to elevate the overall gaming experience and enhance the visual quality of highly anticipated titles like "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom."