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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:30pm 21/10/16 | 9 Comments
Although we don't have full technical specs for the Nintendo Switch, but as per rumours prior to its reveal we do know that the console-tablet hybrid is powered by NVIDIA tech. And judging by NVIDIA's announcement, it sounds like just about everything under the hood (or screen) has been developed by NVIDIA -- working closely with Nintendo.

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.


Even without technical specs, it sounds like the Switch will run on a next-generation version of the Tegra processor. An already impressive bit of technology that in a newer more powerful version could mean some impressive tablet performance for the Switch. With a custom Tegra processor, apparently based on "the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards", the partnership extends well beyond Nintendo simply finding the right hardware manufacturer for the GPU/CPU. The Nintendo Switch not only has stuff like its own physics engine and custom libraries created by NVIDIA, but also the development tools.

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.


This points to a very interesting partnership between NVIDIA and Nintendo, as both companies have in the past tried to bridge the gap between tablet and gaming console with varying levels of success -- as seen with the NVIDIA Shield and the Nintendo Wii U. In joining forces, and with mobile technology advancing at such a rate that something like a GeForce GTX 1080 can live inside a laptop, perhaps the Nintendo Switch will live up to its promise.

We're starting to believe so.



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Steve Farrelly
Posted 02:23pm 21/10/16
This information excites me more!
Khel
Posted 02:41pm 21/10/16
Bit of a coup for Nvidia, its been mostly Amd/Ati that has got their graphics hardware into consoles in the past hasn't it?
Steve Farrelly
Posted 03:47pm 21/10/16
Yeah, basically since GameCube, but given how much farther along Nvidia is in GFX cards these days, I think they made the right choice
ravn0s
Posted 04:11pm 21/10/16
the batteries are what will make or break this console. hopefully they're not s***.
twenty1
Posted 05:09pm 21/10/16
I hope whatever is under the hood of this thing is enough to attract some third party developers. I'm sure Zelda and Mario will be awesome but I'd hate to see the console languish with a lack of decent games coming from outside Nintendo.
ravn0s
Posted 05:26pm 21/10/16
Khel
Posted 08:16pm 21/10/16
Yeah, that means jack s*** though, they trotted out a list of 'partners' like that when the Wii U was announced too and within 12 months support for it had all but dried up
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 07:42am 22/10/16
I'm very intrigued.

I want this for decent Nintendo games + a bunch of RPGs and other Nintendo DS style games. Personally, I don't give a s*** about it having all the cross platform games, because I'll buy them for my PC.

I sold my Wii U a while ago, I intended to look seriously at the NX for Zelda.
If this can support Nintendo 3DS games as well, it's a done deal.
Llian
Posted 11:42am 23/10/16
Back catalogue. This could get more people interested in everything from the popular to not so popular. Back to the good old gameboy days.
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