Nintendo To Team With NVIDIA On Switch
On the heels of Nintendo’s unveiling of their new gaming console, NVIDIA has come forth and spoken about the hardware powering the new Switch console.
They confirmed that the system is running on a modified version of the Tegra X2 processor, which they say has been confidently integrated into all aspects of the new console.
According to NVIDIA , “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.”
“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.”
It’s worth noting that the Nvidia previously utilised their Tegra processors in their Nvidia Shield range – which sought to make home gaming portable in a similar way to what Nintendo are trying to achieve with the Twitch.
Considering that a lack of consistent support by third party developers proved a major stumbling block for both the Wii and Wii-U, this partnership makes a lot of sense.
Accordingly, Nintendo has released a list of companies currently developing software for the platform including 505 Games, Activision, Arc System Works, Atlus, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Epic Games Inc, FromSoftware, Frozenbyte, GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC, Havok, Koei Tecmo, Konami, LEVEL-5 Inc, Marvelous Inc, Nippon Ichi Software, PlatinumGames, Sega, Spike Chunsoft, Square Enix, Starbreeze Studios, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc, Telltale Games, THQ Nordic, Tokyo RPG Factory Co, Ltd, Telltale Games, Ubisoft, Unity Technologies and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Further details on what the above companies are working on, and whether it will be available in time for the Switch’s March 2017 launch are expected to be revealed in the coming months.