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Switch Pro To Launch This Christmas – Rumor

According to latest rumors, Nintendo is planning to release an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch. If rumors are accurate, the Switch Pro would use Nvidia Volta architecture. Nintendo’s goal is to make the system cheaper, 4K resolutions would not be available, but the new architecture would largely benefit battery life.

The Nintendo Switch’s current design is based on Nvidia’s Tegra X1 architecture, Nintendo by using a chipset based on Tegra’s line, make the development of the console easier for programmers.

It’s also worth mentioning that, Nvidia’s Volta architecture is not design for gaming performance. The Volta architecture is a very expensive one, clearly wouldn’t be the best architecture if power efficiency, affordability are the objectives in a super small handheld device. Nvidia’s own description of the architecture further explain what is its purpose.

“NVIDIA Volta is the new driving force behind artificial intelligence. Volta will fuel breakthroughs in every industry. Humanity’s moonshots like eradicating cancer, intelligent customer experiences, and self-driving vehicles are within reach of this next era of AI.”
“Humanity’s greatest challenges will require the most powerful computing engine for both computational and data science. With over 21 billion transistors, Volta is the most powerful GPU architecture the world has ever seen. It pairs NVIDIA® CUDA® and Tensor Cores to deliver the performance of an AI supercomputer in a GPU.”

Considered all this, rumors appear to be coming from a reliable source, and claims that Nvidia are working with Nintendo to create the new custom processor.

If this rumors were to be true, Nintendo would have three different systems, a handheld that might not some game due to its limitations, the original Switch and a Switch Pro, that would go against what Nintendo has been doing in throughout its history, can confuse it’s user base and make life difficult for developers. Do you think Nintendo should upgrade the Switch? Let me know in the comment section below.

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