Nintendo Switch 2 is talking about it! Information leaks, Nvidia … we are investigating

And if an Nvidia employee is the source of the big moon dumpling? The object of all the fantasies, the next hybrid console of Nintendo, which should finally be called Nintendo Switch 2, is at the center of all discussions after a leak revealed on Reddit.

Summary

  • Goodbye Super Nintendo Switch Pro, welcome to Nintendo Switch 2!
  • Nvidia and Nintendo are working together for the development of Switch 2
  • Did an Nvidia employee release confidential information surrounding the Nintendo Switch 2?

Goodbye Super Nintendo Switch Pro, welcome to Nintendo Switch 2!

With Nintendo, it’s always hard to separate things and separate the real from the fake. Remember the months before the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, the Japanese company stayed onone of the biggest flops in its Wii U historythis console that no one understands, even the majority of 101.63 million Wii owners who thought it was just an optional accessory for the console star at the time.

Finally, between its launch on November 18, 2012 and the launch of the Switch in March 2017, Nintendo only sold 13.56 million Wii U, 8 times less than its sister Wii. An obvious marketing and commercial mistake due to a completely misunderstood name and concept. But what would this console be if it was called the Wii 2? Unfortunately, we will never know…

All that to say that with Nintendo, more than others, you have to be wary of anything that comes out on the net. Because our Japanese friends are champions at covering things up! Remember the Nintendo Dolphin, in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, some of them could have sworn they saw prototypes spinning, which only turned out to be a (or whatever) GameCube that came out of the closet with a bug -at task (already) succeeds on N64.

Recently, we can bet that the console that will make people forget the failure of the Wii U was the Nintendo NX before the more compelling rumors talked about a possible revolutionary hybrid console… Nintendo was born Switch!

The “famous” Nintendo Dolphin

Nintendo Switch 2 is talking about it!  Information leaks, Nvidia ... we are investigating

Since its launch and uninterrupted success, rumors have been swirling about who will take over, and after a Switch Lite and a Switch OLED, the question on everyone’s lips is: “is there a right we on a Nintendo Switch Pro?”. We still hear about the “Super Nintendo Switch Pro”, but in fact, if Nintendo is clearly working on a new model, it seems that we are only moving towards a Nintendo Switch 2, so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past and ride the wave.

Nvidia and Nintendo are working together for the development of Switch 2

One of (if not THE) main criticisms that can be leveled at the Switch in hindsight is its obvious lack of power., which prevents it from competing with the machines of Sony and Microsoft, although Nintendo has proven to all roofs that they do not box in the same category and that the concept is more important than the power. What we want to answer is, “yes, but…”.

Nintendo Switch 2 is talking about it!  Information leaks, Nvidia ... we are investigating

If a Zelda Breath of the Wild can be, in its time, we hope for many things, 5 years after its release, few games have been able to technically match Nintendo’s masterpiece and not always the bad will of the developers that is to blame. Yes the Nintendo Switch is a great console with an incredible concept, but now it is very limited and we have to seriously consider the sequel.

Because if the concept of the Nintendo Switch 2 does not need to improve much, it is within it that we must see the main changes and especially on the side of the famous Tegra X1 chip provided by Nvidia that started in 2015, an eternity in this area.

Nintendo Switch 2 is talking about it!  Information leaks, Nvidia ... we are investigating

Unlike the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, which function like a PC, with a motherboard, processor, and graphics card (both powered by AMD chips), the Switch is more like a smartphone or tablet. along with rival Nvidia.

The interest of an ARM SoC lies in the fact that it is able to concentrate on one chip the microprocessor, the graphics chip and all the necessary controllers. This saves a lot of space and better controls consumption. This is why our smartphones, our tablets or the Switch use this type of architecture.

Did an Nvidia employee release confidential information surrounding the Nintendo Switch 2?

The first rumors around the chip that will equip the Nintendo Switch 2 came back last year and talked about a SoC Tegra 239a customized version of the Tegra 234 Orin specifically for Nintendo and its new machine.

In all likelihood, this chip will embed 8 ARM Cortex A78C CPU cores as well as an Ampere graphics chip (GPU), the same found in the RTX 3000 graphics card (which ranges from 3050 to 3090 Ti). It is calm enough to consider the game in 4K at 60 FPS thanks to a long-awaited function, the famous DLSS from Nvidia in version 2.2.

For those who are not yet familiar with DLSS, it is a technology developed by Nvidia and very popular on PC, because it allows, thanks to artificial intelligence, to significantly improve the performance of the game for the most moderate settings. configure.

Concretely, and without going into technical details, it allows you to play and display an image in 4K while the game “only” runs in Full HD (1080p). We then talked about raising. The game is then more beautiful and more fluid and at the expense, sometimes, of a small blur of things but not noticeable to our eyes in the heat of the action, especially since the release of DLSS 2.0 (here we have the right to a version 2.2). For information, if you follow the announcements of the next RTX 4000 cards, they are entitled to the new DLSS 3.0.

Another new expected and delivered Tegra 239 chip, Ray Tracing will also appear, bringing Nintendo’s full strength to the “Next Gen”. As a reminder, Ray Tracing is this technology, somewhat greedy, that realistically calculates visible and invisible rays of light. Thus it allows realistic and dynamic lighting, all that does not offer, for example, a Pokémon Legends: Arceus, just to name him …

And if we are talking about it today with such insistence and precision, it is because the rumor took on a new dimension after an email, clearly sent by mistake, from an Nvidia employee arrived at Kernel.org

If all these rumors are too exciting, a later one makes us salivate even more, this one no longer talks about an Ampere architecture for the graphic part, but around Ada Lovelace, the one which was found in the last RTX 4000…

whatever, no announcement is planned before the end of the first half of 2023 and therefore no release can be considered before the fall of 2023 or rather the 1st quarter of 2024, 7 years after the launch of the Nintendo Switch. 7 years is the “classic” rhythm between two generations of consoles, we are on the nails!

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