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.