Since the much talked about Nintendo NX was revealed to be the Switch, the buzz have grown bigger even more. The Nintendo Switch trailer was exciting and impressive but now it seems like the gaming console will not quite live up to its promise.
The result of the latest specs report on the Nintendo Switch is not quite as expected after all the hype that was built.
To be precise, the Switch will be less powerful than the "old" PlayStation 4. In fact it will only have one teraflop as opposed to the PS4 Pro which has 4.2 teraflops and Microsoft's Project Scorpio which will have six teraflops of power. Even the three-year old PS4 and the Xbox One have more power with 1.8 and 1.3 teraflops, respectively.
According to Venture Beat, the Switch will use Nvidia's last-generation Maxwell graphics-processing technology. This means it fails to match the graphic quality of the PS4's high-end games. When the Switch was unveiled in October, the company said it will utilize a variant of Nvidia's Tegra chip.
Venture Beat further explained that the "custom Maxwell Tegra in the machine is still powerful enough to play Nintendo-style games that rely on the quality art over horsepower". The report, however, intimated that users should not "expect Switch software to match the graphical fidelity of the highest-end PS4 games".
The reason why Nintendo gave the Switch a not-so-impressive horsepower ability is its desire to launch the console as soon as possible. According to some reports, this rush-rush attitude adopted by the company for the Switch forced it to settle on what was currently available and not wait for the more powerful Pascal version of the Tegra.
The Maxwell Tegra uses a 20nm process while the Pascal is more efficient with a 16nm process.
With this bit of news, some people are hoping that the price of the console will not be as high as estimated.