Nintendo Switch Powered by Custom Nvidia Tegra Chip

Based on the same architecture as the GeForce.

Posted By | On 20th, Oct. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


It looks like the rumors were right about this, too- the Nintendo Switch will be powered by NVIDIA, the company confirmed today. The system uses a custom NVIDIA Tegra chip, which specializes in efficiency and scalability. This is ‘based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards,’ NVIDIA says.

The Switch’s development tools also apparently get assistance from NVIDIA, who will be offering a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA apparently developed a brand new API, NVN, specifically for the NX.

That’s not all, either- the Switch benefits from hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering. And given the system’s hybrid status, NVIDIA have optimized the full suite of hardware and software for gaming and mobile use cases, which includes custom operating system integration with the GPU to increase both performance and efficiency.

So it sounds like the Switch, at least, won’t be lacking in power- it already seems to be getting the same third party games that Xbox One and PS4 are. It is due out in March 2017 worldwide.

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  • d0x360

    Well I’ll buy one because I can’t help myself but I don’t see third parties supporting it for all that long unless it sells like crazy and the games do too.

    Being a RISC CPU ports are already going to be really really hard but now they also have to contend with a brand new API on top of it all while they are still trying to learn dx12 and Vulkan already. Not really sure why nintendo went this route with the hardware.

    Well I do know why and that’s because they wanted to merge mobile and home BUT that’s not exactly the best route to go for developers that’s for sure.

  • Nintengods

    Confirmed for more powerful than P$4. Nvidia makes industry leading GPU’s.

    $onycucks and xcucks on suicide watch


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