Metroid Prime 4 will run at 720p on the current Switch, will it be 4K on Switch 2?

According to a new Metroid Prime 4 technical breakdown the game runs at 720p docked. And it'll run at a lower resolution in handheld mode. Yikes.

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Yesterday, Nintendo unveiled the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4. Fans have been waiting seven years to see some gameplay, and the two-minute trailer didn't disappoint - it looks like a modern take on classic Prime gameplay. Technically impressive, too, the game runs at a rock-solid 60 FPS with even more impressive visuals than last year's brilliant Metroid Prime Remastered.

Metroid Prime 4 will run at 720p on the current Switch, will it be 4K on Switch 2? 01

However, what we saw was running on the current Nintendo Switch hardware rather than the Switch 2 successor set to launch sometime in 2025 (alongside Metroid Prime 4: Beyond). Nintendo is clearly holding its Switch 2 cards close to its chest, so we won't get details on games and hardware specs until we're much closer to release.

In my write-up of Metroid Prime 4, I noted that the low-resolution look of the footage made it clear that the gameplay trailer featured current-gen Switch gameplay. According to a new Metroid Prime 4 technical breakdown from Nintendo World Report, the game runs at 720p docked. Yikes.

Yeah, this means the game will look noticeably fuzzy and jaggy on a big-screen 4KTV. Hitting 60 FPS with this level of environmental detail is impressive, even at 720p - but it's a trade-off. And it'll run at a lower resolution in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch hardware is relatively ancient compared to modern consoles and even modern Windows gaming handhelds, so what we're probably seeing here is footage from a game being ported from Nintendo Switch 2 to the current-gen Switch.

With Switch being one of the most popular consoles of all time, it makes sense for Nintendo to release cross-gen versions of its games in the foreseeable future. The odds are that Metroid Prime 4 will run at 1080p or even 4K on Switch 2, with higher-quality assets and tech like DLSS.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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