Nintendo Switch powered by NVIDIA Tegra

The reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch is about what one would expect from Nintendo: it showed off their new devices innovative features, but it lacked any true specs about the console. These will be released in time, but for now, we at least know that it has an NVIDIA Tegra card in it.

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The Nintendo Switch, out March 2017

This comes from NVIDIA’s blog, where they write:

…creating a device so fun required some serious engineering. The development encompassed 500 man-years of effort across every facet of creating a new gaming platform: algorithms, computer architecture, system design, system software, APIs, game engines and peripherals. They all had to be rethought and redesigned for Nintendo to deliver the best experience for gamers, whether they’re in the living room or on the move.

Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.

The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.

So it sounds like we might be getting some impressive power (for a Nintendo device) in the new handheld console.

The only question I have is: What do we call this? It’s both a handheld and a home console…

Nintendo Switch is out March 2017

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