NVIDIA Job Listing Suggests Next Gen Nintendo Switch Might Be In The Works
Nintendo sells consoles based on the strength of its game experiences rather than the power of their processors, but technology marches on regardless, and the venerable NVIDIA Tegra X1 is getting pretty long in the tooth. While its ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs are roughly comparable to the old AMD Jaguar CPUs in the last-generation consoles, it only has four, and only three of them can be used by games.
Meanwhile, its little 256-shader NVIDIA Maxwell GPU and 25.6 GB/sec shared memory bandwidth pale in comparison to previous-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, to say nothing of their upgraded models. Developers working on the Switch have pulled some outright magic with the little handheld, but Nintendo is assuredly hard at work on its next-gen system, and given the success it has had in partnership with NVIDIA, that next system is almost surely based on Team Green's hardware once again.
Supporting the veracity of this claim is a job posting put up two days ago on LinkedIn by NVIDIA. The position is titled "Game Console Developer Tools Engineer," and NVIDIA goes on to explain that it's a job that will involve working closely with "internal and external partners" to develop tools for console game developers.
Still, the Switch is the only console on the market right now that sports NVIDIA hardware. Unless it's for another Ouya-like, or perhaps a new NVIDIA Shield TV box, we'd put our money on a new Switch. That's despite the reality that there have been consistently-disproved rumors of a new Switch for over three years. The latest talk on the matter was back in April, when some very sharp Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 footage sparked talk of the showing being too smooth for the Switch.