Nintendo Switch OLED dock is 4K-ready

(Pocket-lint) - Further proof has emerged that the new TV dock that comes with the Nintendo Switch (OLED model)[1] is capable of outputting 4K Ultra HD video. The HDMI cable supplied with the console is too. After the new Switch edition was launched last week, it was claimed that the included cable complies with HDMI standard 2.0.

This is required for 4K60 video output. Now a content creator has discovered that the chip inside the new dock is a Realtek RTD2172N. This is a 4K UHD multimedia SoC, so can feed 4K visuals through the HDMI port.

A dataminer found a similar chipset listed in firmware eariler this year[2]. It was thought to refer to a Pro model[3] at the time. The dock was codenamed "Cradle Aula" back then.

Posting his latest findings on Twitter, @KawlunDram also tested the supplied cable on his Xbox to confirm it could carry a 4K60 signal.

The next thing I did was hook up my Xbox One X to my TV with the new HDMI cable that came in the dock and yep, everything works fine[4]

-- kawlums (@KawlunDram) October 11, 2021[5] Top Nintendo Switch games 2021: Best Switch games every gamer must own By Rik Henderson . 12 October 2021

Of course, this is all great and proves the dock is futureproof, but Nintendo itself recently claimed that it has no plans for a further Switch model, let alone a 4K Pro. It debunked a Bloomberg story claiming that developers have been supplied with 4K testing kits, stating that it was "categorically untrue". "We have no plans for any new model other than Nintendo Switch - OLED Model," Nintendo added.

Writing by Rik Henderson.

Originally published on 12 October 2021.


  1. ^ Nintendo Switch (OLED model) (
  2. ^ listed in firmware eariler this year (
  3. ^ Pro model (
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  5. ^ October 11, 2021 (