Bringing NVIDIA’s GeForce to the Nintendo Switch development was top priority for Nintendo.
That’s what Nintendo’s technology fellow and representative director, Genyo Takeda, said during the company’s most recent investor Q&A for Nintendo’s current fiscal year. Takeda was asked about the top priority for the Switch’s development, after which the technology head replied that using NVIDIA technology was his top priority.
“If I can sum up my impression in one short phrase, I would use “high performance but low power consumption” to describe Nintendo Switch”, he said. “The PC has been a major gaming device, especially outside of Japan, and my top priority in the development of the Nintendo Switch hardware was to bring NVIDIAʼs GeForce, which has played a key role in realizing high-performance graphics for PC gaming, to our hardware with low power consumption. The term “crossover” is sometimes used to describe the unprecedented value that is realized when merging two different attractive things (such as, in this case, high performance and low power consumption, and playing both indoors and outdoors). I feel that Nintendo Switch is a new and unique crossover in its achievement of high performance, comparable to that of PC, both in front of your TV set and in your hands.”
So far, Nintendo has only confirmed a “custom Tegra processor” for the Switch, and exact details about this custom chip are unknown.
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.
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.
Recent reports claim that Nintendo’s new platform will be using NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
The Nintendo Switch will launch globally next month on March 3.