Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Switch, the official name of the NX gaming system.
“Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles,” says Nintendo.
As rumours had indicated the Switch is a portable and home console hybrid, with detachable controllers.
At home, Nintendo Switch can be docked, enabling it to connect to your TV. Simply lift the Nintendo Switch from the dock and the system transforms into a handheld featuring a “bright high-definition display”
The Switch’s detachable “Joy-Con” controllers sit either side of the system. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be connected for expanded multiplayer gameplay. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller – styled in a more traditional way – will also be available.
The debut trailer shows off a range of games, including a new 3D Mario, Splatoon, Mario Kart, Zelda Breath of the Wild, NBA and Skyrim.
Nintendo Switch is powered by a custom Tegra processor, which Nvidia says is a “high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”.
This also comes with “fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.
“Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.”
Finally, a custom operating system designed to increase the Switch’s performance and efficiency.