The new Nintendo Switch console is being released in March and it seems that it will be less powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4. Using Nvidia’s last-gen Maxwell graphics architecture, it seems that the Nintendo Switch will not adopt the newer Pascal architecture which was introduced earlier this year.
The more efficient 16nm Pascal will not be implemented in Nintendo’s Switch because it does not support the Tegra chip. Nvidia is putting all of their eggs in the visual quality basket in detriment of performance, chapter where the PlayStation 4 shines.
As it is a portable device as well, Nintendo Switch is rumored to have a 6.2” screen that runs games in 720p. As opposed to having high specs like the PlayStation 4 it will be able to run games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
A great advantage of having lower end technology than its competitor comes down to its price which will range from $400 to $600 on higher end models. Nintendo Switch will come with both processor and graphics chip on the same piece of silicon thus making it use less power and space.
Being portable it clearly has an advantage over the PlayStation 4 as it can be used when going on a trip with friends. One can find himself playing a sports game on the Switch with another friend in the middle of the woods. It even makes it more appealing to young adults as they can make use of the device at social gatherings.
It also sports USB Type-C connectivity allowing for fast data transfer and battery charging. Another great addition of the Switch is streaming e-sports events.
We still don’t know however how good the WiFi connectivity will be or if the Switch comes equipped with a touchscreen but it sure is fun to speculate what the new Switch will have to offer.