Nintendo Switch

Nvidia Confirms They Will Be Powering The Nintendo Switch

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.



  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?

    1. 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 😀

      1. What about the Splatoon footage?! Is it a sequel or port? I MUST KNOW! Sorry, just excited. The Switch will available three months before my birthday! I’ll be Switching up my gameplay then!

        1. It looks like a sequel- though we saw very little footage, the map they were shown playing on matches no known maps in the original, and new gear and even “hairstyles” were seen on Inklings, as well as a more linear spawn point as opposed to rounded, more central one in the original.

      2. A fix on battle mode or completely revamped battle mode would be AMAZING!!!! We shall see as more info comes in. I didn’t think they would update the wii u version but a guy can dream. :P I know they’ve abandoned the Wii U. I”m sure most of their big games will just be ported over (some like MK8 with new features) so they can sell more on the completed games.

        1. While a return of battle arenas will be nice, I hope they don’t abandon letting us use actual race tracks for battle as I actually like that about Mario Kart 8.

  2. I don’t know what any of that means.
    But I just went from 6 to midnight.
    This is all sounding very positive.
    I don’t care about the price of the machine. I’ll get it.
    Lets just hope the battery life is good

  3. ||We have switched everything, our future, our machine, our agenda, our stance and even the Red and White in our name…||

  4. }{ “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… }{

    1. If you can afford to pay over a thousand bucks for a dedicated gaming PC, I’m sure you can afford the price of the Nintendo Switch.

      1. }{ 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… }{

        1. Sadly, I’m not as tech savvy as some of my friends & family would believe, so a gaming PC is not really up my alley. Hence I’m stuck relying on consoles which is fine by me because I enjoy my PS4 & the occasional GOOD Nintendo console.

            1. Did I also mention I’m lazy & want to get straight to my gaming with minimal effort? lol Yeah. PC still not for me even if I could get use to it with practice.

              1. }{ With the option to have steam big picture run at startup, you would only have to perform any sort of setup once… It would take giving the absolute smallest effort for just one day to get yourself set up properly… }{

  5. 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.

      1. Really? Where’s that info? They only mention a Custom Tegra.. and you know when i hear that… it’s like the last gen. =/ I’m worried.

        Have you see already the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer? If Switch don’t load something like that, will suck and CAn’t compete. They need to have that graphics quality for at least 5 years. :( Not a graphic whore, i prefer gameplay but in this world we have seen what Devs want. They want power.

        1. It’s most likely the Pascal GPU as Skyrim Special Edition on the Home Console Mode looked and played better on the TV screen, and Skyrim is pretty demanding despite not being the prettiest game.

          Also, the new Red Dead Redemption 2 does look good, but it’s not really the big leap as I thought it would be. It’s basically the Blaine County part of GTA 5 only expanded upon.

      2. Nothing is indicating that it’s close to PS4. It could be, but it could also be about double the power of the Wii U (which is what it looked like to me).

        1. If that was the case, then why is Skyrim Special Edition on there?
          That game alone wouldn’t be able to run on a “Double the power of the Wii U” system.
          Most likely the Switch is close to that of the PS4, but when docked into the dock it enhances the performance to above PS4.



  7. 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?

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. Not that that matters since Xbone is being beaten by PS4, so power equal to PS4 is good enough for me.

          1. 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!} says:

            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.

              1. 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!} says:

                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!

  9. 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

  10. All I need is for the NS to be backwards compatible with 3ds games, a new Metroid, A new F-Zero, and a re release/remaster of both Splatoon and StarFox for the NS and I’m good.

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