Since Nintendo revealed their next home gaming system, now known by its proper name, the Nintendo Switch, we’ve learned that they have no intention of giving any more details about the console until 2017. That means, information that we don’t know, at least definitively, will not be revealed nor will it be confirmed until January, at earliest. We have, however, gotten a little more detail on the system via Nvidia, and it’s quite enlightening.
Shortly after the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, Nvidia finally confirmed that they, indeed, are the processor chip manufacturer for the system. They also shared several other key pieces of information, as well. It appears the folks over at Nvidia are excited that the Nintendo Switch is the ONLY gaming device they are providing their chips for. Leading up to the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the rumor mill swirled ferociously especially around which chipset would power the console. Many people found themselves in differing camps, seemingly fighting it out over who was correct on which manufacturer would power the “NX”. Well, that has now finally come to an end, as we have gotten the answer. Of course, there are a few who are disturbed by that realization, but in the end, now is the time to discover the greatness in that partnership between Nintendo and Nvidia.
The first thing to know about the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system: it’s really fun to play. With great graphics, loads of game titles and incredible performance, the Nintendo Switch will provide people with many hours of engaging and interactive gaming entertainment.
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.
You may remember that some early information coming out about the “NX” was that the console would be using “industry leading chips” and now it appears we know what that means. It really should come as no surprise though, that Nintendo is utilizing custom chips, anyway. They have always used custom chipsets for their hardware. Even when it has been based on existing chipsets, the final product was always something catered to the needs of their hardware.
It should also be noted that Nvidia shared a little more about the Nintendo Switch in their recent blog post. Quite obviously they are going to sound extremely optimistic about their partnership, but their involvement looks to go far beyond providing some silicon and solder for Nintendo to do what they will with it. They are providing much more with this investment, and the amount of work put into the creation of the Nintendo Switch.
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.
Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.
We’ve optimized the full suite of hardware and software for gaming and mobile use cases. This includes custom operating system integration with the GPU to increase both performance and efficiency.
NVIDIA gaming technology is integrated into all aspects of the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system, which promises to deliver a great experience to gamers.
Sometimes I think too many people either underestimate Nintendo’s collective understanding of the industry that they have virtually pioneered, and sufficiently thrived in for the last 30+ years now, or they’re just overestimating their own grasp of it. Either way, that’s not a great place to dwell. Far too often we hear people overreact to this news, or that rumor, or even some confirmed move, only to find out how far off their assessment was of the situation. Meanwhile, Nintendo is continually working very hard to be the best at doing what they do best: make incredible experiences designed to elicit smiles from those whom they touch. The amount of work that has gone into the Nintendo Switch is mind-boggling!
But 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.
So essentially, those people who assume Nintendo kind of stumbled into the Nintendo Switch could not be more wrong. Nintendo and their development partners have put in some obscenely intensive hours to make what could possibly (and hopefully will) turn out to be their very best console ever, both critically and financially! Time will tell, but the most efficient approach for all of us fans/gamers would be to patiently wait for Nintendo to completely pull back the curtain on their new home gaming system.
So what are your thoughts on the additional, albeit limited, details of the Nintendo Switch? Of what has already been revealed, what are your favorite features of the console? What other features do you want to see as part of the system? How well do you anticipate the Nintendo Switch to do from all aspects?