Interested in learning what's next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Learn more.


Nvidia is back in the game console race with a new chip that serves as the heart of the newly unveiled Nintendo Switch gaming device, which is a hybrid of a portable machine and a home console.

The Switch runs on a custom Tegra processor. Since these processors are for mobile devices, you can assume that the new Switch has mobile wireless data capabilities, either through Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE mobile data.

“Creating a device so fun required some serious engineering,” Nvidia said in a blog post. “We worked together with Nintendo — putting in more than 500 engineer-years — to develop the custom Tegra processor and software that packs the high-performance punch inside this amazing device.”

The company said that “every facet of gaming platforms — algorithms, computer architecture, system design, system software, APIs, game engines and peripherals — had to be rethought and redesigned to deliver the best experience for gamers.”

Event

MetaBeat 2022

MetaBeat will bring together metaverse thought leaders to give guidance on how metaverse technology will transform the way all industries communicate and do business on October 3-4 in San Francisco, CA.

Register Here
Nintendo Switch.

Above: Nintendo Switch.

Image Credit: Nintendo

The end result, Nvidia said, is “The first true home gaming system you can take anywhere – with a seamless transition between docked and undocked states.”

Nintendo Switch will be available in March 2017. Nvidia was previously in consoles for the PlayStation 3 and the original Microsoft Xbox. But in the most recent generation, Advanced Micro Devices supplied the combo graphics-processor chips for the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4. That was because AMD had the market on x86-based devices that combined a microprocessor and graphics in the same powerful chip.

But Nvidia has been plugging away at the mobile market with its ARM-based Tegra chips for years, and it used the Tegra in its Nvidia Shield tablet. The ARM technology means that developers will likely have to learn a new development model, one likely based on Android. Nintendo hasn’t said what operating system the Switch is using yet.

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Learn more about membership.

Author
Topics