Shortly after Nintendo’s official unveiling of the Switch, Nvidia released a statement detailing their involvement in powering the console. Nintendo’s upcoming console will be powered by a custom Tegra processor. This will certainly excite fans of PC gaming, Nvidia comparing the console’s GPU to “the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”.

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.

Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.

We’ve optimized the full suite of hardware and software for gaming and mobile use cases. This includes custom operating system integration with the GPU to increase both performance and efficiency.

NVIDIA gaming technology is integrated into all aspects of the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system, which promises to deliver a great experience to gamers.

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  1. You guys need to check out the Mario Kart portion! Boo is in there is also a second item slot so you can hold multiple items at once!!!!!! Does this mean new DLC and a new update? will this be updated on the Wii U version as well?

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    • I noticed that too. Looks like a revamped version of the game. I doubt they’ll update the Wii U version as the 2nd item slot alone would fundamentally change how the game plays. Plus they’d probably want these new features exclusive to the Switch (I almost said NX!).

      Very excited for this new version though! Maybe they’ll fix battle mode as well 😀

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  2. }{ “This will certainly excite fans of PC gaming”… I will not deny I find this technology quite interesting, however unless the price is low enough to justify a purchase just to toy with it, I doubt my interest will exceed this statement… }{

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      • }{ It is wrong of you to assume all gaming computers cost over $1000. I will not deny that my computer is worth more than $1000, but that is because I needed a powerful laptop due to the need for portability and high power with the nature of my studies/work, and since laptops are much harder to build yourself, I was forced to go for a pre-built model. For a normal gamer, a gaming PC desktop can be bought for parts and assembled, as a desktop, for $350 – $500 depending on how much you want to spend and how much power you desire, and how long you want to be able to go before you have to upgrade certain components (I have a 10 year old desktop that runs current gen games maxed without a hiccup)… and also, with a PC once you invest that much once, you can slowly upgrade it over time by buying additional things one component at a time if you wish, unlike you console peasants who merely throw out all the perfectly good components in order to get a better graphics card or something of the like, which is completely and utterly wasteful… }{

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  3. I’m worried. The only thing that would make a good console, please hope Switch use Tegra 2! -__- if this is tegra 1, then switch will s…! Tegra 2 it’s a little closer to PS4 power and it could easily port things.
    But tegra 1, it’s soooo old! please Nintendo don’t kill yourself before the launch.

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  4. Tx2? Wow more updated than I thought Nintendo would do. I cant wait to see how powerful this really is then. I wonder if this can also be operated like a smartphone or tablet meanng can I download apps etc etc? Plus if ic can pick up on wifi at Starbucks and the Terminals to watch Hulu or Crackle TV. Because if this is able to download Apps, then Sony doesnt need to make any agreements for Crackle TV right? I wonder if it is voice activated?

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  5. So we need to know to things is the Homconsole as powerful as the PS4 and how much weaker is the handheld from the PS4?

    I hope Nintendo annouce a Nintendo Direct. We havent had as many since Iwata died.

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    • Lol ps4, Xbox one has more power. We can talk specs all day but at the end of the day Xbox one can pump out 1.8TF and ps4 1.3TF, pro and Scorpio systems aside (ps4 pro with 4TF, and Scorpio having 6TF)
      That said It should come out just at ps4 power when docked, and I would imagine at least twice the power of Wii U when mobile.

      I would assume that Bethesda demanded mod support for Skyrim, or it would have bin a no go. So that well be interesting to hear how they work that into mobile/home and such.

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      • You got the FLOPS wrong way around for base models.

        We don’t really know about the custom chip in the Switch, but assuming it’s mostly a Tegra X1 on 16nm node, then it’s roughly 70% faster than the X1, so somewhere around 500 GFLOPS, I doubt that, even when docked, it reaches more than 700.

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          • King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

            My point is video game consoles, like food, is only as good as the one that owns, or eats, it. While you might think McDonald’s sells shitty food, another person thinks they sell awesome, delicious food. But no matter anyone’s opinions, the fact remains that Sony is outselling Microsoft AND Nintendo in the video game console market this gen right now.

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              • King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

                Fanboys. No matter what console they support, they are all the same: delusional corporate sheep enslaved by the company they worship & thinking their system is winning even when it’s clearly getting it’s ass kicked. I’m sure Sony fanboys will be just as delusional if the Switch somehow manages to outpace the PS4… *shrug* Anyway, I rest my case.

                Hm… Should I play more Resident Evil 7 biohazard on my PS4 where Greatness Awaits or should I play more Pokemon Moon on my n3DS when I’m done on the computer..? Ugh, Nintendo Switch is just around the corner, too! 3 different systems to work my time around! Wait..! Damn it! WWE Raw will be on soon so scratch that!

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  6. A dedicated handheld gaming pc collaboration by Nvidia and Nintendo:}
    Anyone who are familiar with Nvidia gpus already know that their performance is way better than AMDs, just look at all of the ingame bench marks comparisons between the two companies and you will know this to be true. I guess this proves that Nintendo truly are trying to differentiate themselves from Sony and MS, because Nintendo chose the better gpu manufacturers lol:D GO GREEN:D

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