NVIDIA Powers Nintendo Switch

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 4:41am CDT | by , in Technology News


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NVIDIA Powers Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is based on NVIDIA chips.

Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch console on Thursday. The mobile and home gaming console is powered by NVIDIA technology. NVIDIA says that 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.

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 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.

Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.

All NVIDIA's technology is inside the Switch tablet. the Switch docking station is dumb and just provides the connectivity via HDMI to a TV and charging the Switch tablet. This limits the graphics power of the Switch as its basically just an optimized gaming tablet. Actually there is no confirmation yet if the Switch tablet actually has a touchscreen. The Switch trailer did not show anyone touching the screen. All interaction took place using the tiny Joy-Con controllers. Trump will like them.

The Nintendo Switch is not the big innovation investors and Nintendo fans hoped for. Unlike the Wii, it does not offer a completely new gaming experience. Once again all depends on the video games for the Switch to make this console a success and make the world forget the Wii U.

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