Whilst the world is eagerly anticipating more information regarding Nintendo’s upcoming Nintendo Switch, folks over at VentureBeat have managed to gather some information from two unnamed sources. According to them, the Nintendo Switch console may be based on the older Maxwell GPU architecture.
Most of us are probably already aware of the fact that the Nintendo Switch console will be equipped with an Nvidia Tegra SoC, but neither company stated which GPU architecture the SoC will be based on. If VentureBeat’s sources are to be believed, then consumers should be expecting the console to be rather ‘weak’.
This is because not only is the 20nm Maxwell architecture already ‘outdated’, it’s also significantly less powerful than the Nvidia’s new 16nm Pascal architecture as well – less power efficient too. The reasoning for this – again, based on the two unnamed sources – seem to be due to ‘time restrictions’, because Nvidia couldn’t provide Nintendo with Pascal-based SoCs within the intended period.
Those aside, one has to keep in mind that these are merely rumours, which aren’t always true. That said, even if the Nintendo Switch were to be equipped with a Maxwell GPU, consumers need not worry too much, because it’s very unlikely that Nintendo is going to market the Switch as a powerful console anyway – it’s probably going to be an entry-level console in our opinion.
Nonetheless, do take this one with a grain of salt folks, and hope for the best come January 2017.