A few days before the arrival of the OLED Switch, and while Nintendo once again had to refute the arrival of a “Switch 4K”, a new patent reveals the manufacturer’s broader wishes in terms of image.
What a week for Nintendo: while all the spotlight should be on the OLED switch, one week before its arrival on the shelves of stores, the news constantly seems to attract the attention of curious on other subjects. After new rumors evoking development kits for the chimeric Switch 4K, a patent filed last year may have betrayed the manufacturer’s plans for the years to come.
At Nintendo, we don’t have oil …
Patented on March 25, 2020, Nintendo’s new discovery (to be credited to Alexandre Delattre and Théo Charvet, two French engineers in charge of research and development on behalf of the European branch) bears the sweet name of “Systems and image conversion processes by machine learning “.
Just unveiled by the Patent and Trademark Office, the document of about forty pages explains how to take advantage of the machine learning of a computer to convert and enhance the display of a given image, by dividing into blocks and applying a matrix:
Rather than enlarging the source of the image, Nintendo’s method thus aims to automatically compensate for the enlargement by relying on each pixel in order to add new ones, and create the illusion of a better display. A process reminiscent of NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Supersampling (DLSS) image …
The Bowser is in the details
The example given by the two French proposes an upward conversion of a source in 540p to a display in 1080p, but all the possibilities are obviously mentioned:
The technique presented can be used in other configurations :
– Image conversion in other resolutions (from 480p to 720p or 1080p, and others …)
– Downconversion of the image
– Image conversion without changing the resolution
– Conversion to other values (for example, in grayscale)
These few points will not fail to recall the elements evoked by the professional rumor launcher Takashi Mochizuki, who recently thought they knew that the highly hypothetical 4K model of the Switch would have been postponed “until later” because of endless component shortages facing an entire industry.
Will this technology allow Nintendo to offer a 4K image without a console previously designed for? Only time will tell … As well as your insightful comments, it goes without saying.