Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia
With those countless rumours surrounding Nintendo's new console came talk of Nvidia-powered hardware, and as it turns out, that is exactly what the Nintendo... Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia

The rumours have been circulating for months. The Nintendo NX is now the Nintendo Switch, and much of what was touted to be Nintendo’s new home console has come to be a reality. The new hardware is a home console/handheld hybrid, aiming to bridge the gap between living-room and on-the-go gaming.

With those countless rumours came talk of an Nvidia-powered console, and as it turns out, that is exactly what the Nintendo Switch is.

It will be powered by Nvidia graphics hardware, specifically the custom Tegra processor. The Tegra is a system-on-a-chip that includes an Nvidia processing unit. It features multiple processors, and can be found in a number of smartphones and, of course, Nvidia’s Shield set-top-box.

Nvidia says that the groundbreaking console took “500 man-years” of effort to create: all of the complex algorithms, computer architecture, system designs, system software, APIs, game engines and peripherals dictated countless hours of experimentation and innovation.

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In order to get its processor working within the confines of Nintendo’s vision, Nvidia build a custom API called the “NVN”. This was created in order for Nvidia to craft an experience that could bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.

It’s a truly fascinating piece of hardware, and it will be interesting to see just how powerful it can be.

For more information on the Nintendo Switch, check out our Everything We Know So Far guide.

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  • Barters81

    October 21, 2016 #1 Author

    So it’s not the X1 chip, nor is it the X2 chip…’s a custom bit of kit.

    Sounds interesting, and I’ll certainly be holding for one on launch day.  I’ve got a $150 EB voucher in my pocket which will more than likely go towards a pre-order.

    The quality of the Skyrim shots on the trailer are a bit telling in that it’s not the remaster (IMO), and looks a little dodgy.  To be honest I thought BOTW looked not as good as the Wii U trailers……..has me wondering.

    • Master Fenix

      October 21, 2016 #2 Author

      The big question is about power and how it translates to a portable device. It’ll still be behind Xbox One and PS4, further behind PS4 Pro and Scorpio…but I’m not sure it matters.

      Thoughts on launch price? I’m guessing $450 in Australia.

      • Barters81

        October 21, 2016 #3 Author

        Yeah I’m guessing $450 launch price will be about the mark.  Which to be honest is probably a little expensive for mass sales.

        It’s always hard.  Be too cheap and drop specs to gain sales…….device isn’t powerful enough.

        Pump up the power of the device and suddenly it’s too expensive to gain a mass audience.

        I think that most people are willing to fork over $500 for a decent tablet these days.  At least that seems to be the case given the number of iPads etc out there.  Maybe their marketing research has led them to believe that a tablet like device can be priced higher than a portable gaming device?  Who knows….?

        The thing I’ve been wondering today is regarding how Nintendo will maintain a clear separation from tablets.  As in, if you had a couple of those snazzy new controllers that connect to the next fang dangle iPad, maybe an app to link iPad games together for local multiplayer, add some console quality iPad games to the store + I can already stream my iPad to the TV……suddenly it’s all looking very similar.  With potentially the iPad being more powerful.

        • Master Fenix

          October 24, 2016 #4 Author

          They’re always in a fight to attract an audience outside of their primary audience of fans. I can’t see how Switch changes that.

  • Marty_Mate

    October 22, 2016 #5 Author

    I believe the footage used in the reveal was simulated and not actual games running on actual hardware so it’s not possible to get any idea of power with what’s been shown.