As expected, the device is modular; comes with detachable controllers
Finally, the cat is out of the bag. Nintendo has just unveiled its next-gen home console – Nintendo Switch, and boy does it look good.
Previously known as the Nintendo NX, ‘Switch’ is a completely new take on the traditional home console. In many ways, it isn’t a home console at all. As detailed in a previous leak, the console is a modular device. The core module is a tablet, but don’t be fooled by that term. It still packs a punch, but we’ll talk about the innards a bit later.
First, let’s look at what’s on view here. The tablet comes with two detachable controllers, on either side of its chassis. It resembles the Razer Edge gaming tablet in that sense, which also has a fairly similar design. There is also a docking station, which is used to plug your tablet on TVs and play games in your living room.
But a big part of the console is its mobility. In a video released by Nintendo, we can see the wide-ranging implications of that design choice. Players can take the Switch anywhere and play on the go. This means that all of your games can be carried with you anywhere you go, and you can play from where you left off.
Coming to the technologies powering the device. Ousted by AMD on Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles, NVIDIA has returned in style to the console market with its mobile ‘Tegra’ chip powering the Switch. In a blog post, NVIDIA stated that the ‘high-efficiency scalable processor’ inside the Switch is based on the same architecture powering the best graphics cards in the world.
We can infer from the statement that it uses NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture, but that’s pretty much it. NVIDIA also mentions that its contribution to the Switch goes well beyond merely GPU provision, with the company stating that it has helped Nintendo with ‘algorithms, computer architecture, system design, system software, APIs, game engines and peripherals.’
The Nintendo Switch will come out in March 2017. Some confirmed titles include Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Skyrim and Mario Kart 8 among others.