In an interview with VentureBeat, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that Nintendo's upcoming Switch console will impress people with its capabilities.
Question: Since you expanded the Shield TV with all these new features, do you have a border with the Nintendo Switch? Is there anything you’re not going to do, like more tablet work? Is there some way that the Switch fits in with the Shield TV ecosystem?
Huang: Nintendo Switch is a game console. It’s very Nintendo. That entire experience is going to be very Nintendo. The beauty of that company, the craft of that company, the philosophy of that company—they’re myopically, singularly focused on making sure that the gaming experience is amazing, surprising, and safe for young people, for children. Their dedication to their craft, that singular dedication, is quite admirable. When you guys all see Switch, I believe people are going to be blown away, quite frankly. It’s really delightful. But it has nothing to do with AI.
Based on earlier reports, we know that the Switch uses a Maxwell-based NVIDIA Tegra chip, which makes some people doubt the graphical capabilities of the Switch considering this is a relatively low-power chip and not even the latest generation.
Nintendo is expected to reveal more details about the Switch at a press event on January 13. The launch date of the console is said to March 2017. One of the more exciting aspects about the Switch is that it's a dual-purpose console, you can use on-the-go as well as in the living room by plugging it into a dock.