The Nintendo Switch has finally been revealed.
Slated for a March 2017 release, the Nintendo Switch looks to unify both the portable and home console markets. This was the biggest problem for me last generation. There were a lot of games on the portable side that could have easily been available on the Wii U considering the Wii U gamepad is basically the bottom half of a DS.
Third party support looks to be much better than last generation, not that it really matters. If you want Nintendo games, there’s only one place to get them. You don’t really buy a Nintendo system for the 3rd party games.
The Switch looks really cool, but I’m still worried about the battery life of the screen and how good the controllers feel. The controllers can be used attached to the screen, completely separately, attached to the Joy-Con Grip, or used sideways. There are a lot of options, including a familiar looking pro controller.
Under the hood, The Nintendo Switch is using a custom NVIDIA Tegra chip.
The first thing to know about the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system: it’s really fun to play. With great graphics, loads of game titles and incredible performance, the Nintendo Switch will provide people with many hours of engaging and interactive gaming entertainment.
But 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.
A Console Architecture for the Living Room and Beyond
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.
The Nintendo Switch will be available in March 2017. More information is available at https://www.nintendo.com/switch.
Also interesting to note the Nintendo Switch uses game cartridges.
Still no price announced.