Nintendo Switch Announced – A hybrid console & portable gaming device powered by NVIDIA Tegra

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Unfortunately, I am a bit late to the game posting my news, as I have been away, but being Nintendo’s new console, it is still worth posting!

As you may, or may not have heard, Nintendo have finally announced their new console, the Nintendo Switch.

A lot of the rumours about the new console have been true, and true to Nintendo’s form, they have adopted an alternative approach to the Switch. It is basically a hybrid consoles/hand held, that can switch between a tablet mode and TV mode using a base unit.

This means you'll easily be able to seamlessly continue your gaming when you leave the house, and should also make it much easier to play in person with friends.

The Switch will be powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra chip including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. While this is a powerful mobile chip, it is more or less the same SOC in the NVIDIA Shield, so it is quite old in computing years.

There is no word on what the resolution will be. The Shield is 720P so a bump in resolution will be putting more strain on the mobile processor.

It has been confirmed that the base unit for the Switch doesn’t do anything in terms of processing. It just allows the Switch to be played on a TV.

I am cautiously optimistic for the Switch. Mobile gaming is huge, but dedicated mobile gaming devices haven’t seen huge success in recent years. The shield tablet never really took off, the Vita is dead, which leaves the aging 3DS as the only decent mobile option.

Nintendo has yet to officially announce the price of its new console, but it is expected to launch in March 2017.


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