NVIDIA CEO Enthusiastic About the Nintendo Switch
During the Nintendo Switch reveal, they let us know that a NVIDIA Tegra GPU would be powering the new console/handheld hybrid. Tegra GPUs have a history of powerful portable device graphics and their SHIELD tablet and SHIELD portable are still some of the best Android gaming devices on the market.
According to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA has been working closely with Nintendo on the Switch's hardware design. He stated that the Nintendo Switch had "fully custom software," and that new gaming APIs had been written to fully harness the power of the Tegra chipset.
Huang was enthusiastic about both the partnership with Nintendo and the Switch itself. He stated, "I really believe when everybody sees it and enjoy it, they're going be amazed by it. It's really like nothing they've ever played with before. And of course, the brand, their franchise, and their game content is incredible. And so I think this is a relationship that will likely last two decades and I'm super excited about it."
NVIDIA's optimistic, long-term outlook seems to indicate a lot of faith in Nintendo's ability to move the hardware. While Nintendo still reigns supreme in the dedicated portable gaming system market with the Nintendo 3DS, many have seen the Wii U as a failure. The Switch seems to be an attempt to harness their most successful market segment while also providing a home console to replace the Wii U.
We'll see just how the Switch performs at its projected release date of March 2017.