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NVIDIA CEO talks up Switch, why partnering with Nintendo made sense

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Nintendo partnered with NVIDIA on the main technology behind Switch. Each unit features a chipset from the Tegra line.

During its latest financial call, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was asked if the company is interested in pursuing consoles further in light of Switch’s success. That led him to talk up Switch, stating:

 

   "Consoles is not really a business to us. It’s a business to them. And we’re selected to work on these consoles. And if it makes sense and the strategic alignment is great and we’re in a position to be able to do it, because the opportunity cost of building a game console is quite high. The number of engineers who know how to build computing platforms like this – and in the case of the Nintendo Switch, it’s just an incredible console that fits in such a small form factor. And it could both be a mobile gaming device as well as a console gaming device. It’s just really quite amazing, and they just did an amazing job.

    Somebody asked me a few months ago before it was launched how I thought it was going to do. And of course without saying anything about it, I said that it delighted me in a way that no game console has done in the last 10 – 15 years. And it’s true, this is a really, really innovative product and really quite ingenious. And if you ever have a chance to get it in your hands, it’s just really delightful.

    And so in that case, the opportunity to work on it was just really, really too enticing. We really wanted to do it, but it always requires deep strategic thought because it took several hundred engineers to work on, and they could be working on something else like all of the major initiatives we have. And so we have to be mindful about the strategic opportunity cost that goes along with these. But in the case of the Nintendo Switch, it’s just a home run. I’m so glad I did it, and it was the perfect collaboration for us."

 

Unfortunately, it’s unclear just how much Switch boosted NVIDIA’s earnings. One thing is clear though. Revenue for the Tegra processor business was $332 million, up 108 percent year-over-year and 29 percent sequentially. 

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Yeah, I just hoped they can put Tegra P1 in it, instead of 2 years old Tegra X1.
The power consumption is not good for a handheld console, and
The performance is not good for a home console....



I think this is a fantastic collaboration that helped NVIDIA get rid of their unused chips and helped Nintendo get back on top of the gaming market again. I wouldn't have minded a newer chip but the damn system works great and is the first hardware I've been impressed by in quite a while. Everything loads so fast: you kick it out of sleep mode and you're back in the game. I love it. Lots of great genes already and more on the way.



arthurchan35 said:

Yeah, I just hoped they can put Tegra P1 in it, instead of 2 years old Tegra X1.

This, so freaking much this.



The tone of his answer seems meh. I remember when Nvidia partnered up with Sony's PS3, and they were boasting, and excited and stuff. I didn't feel that excitement here from that answer.



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arthurchan35 said:

Yeah, I just hoped they can put Tegra P1 in it, instead of 2 years old Tegra X1.
The power consumption is not good for a handheld console, and
The performance is not good for a home console....

+1



Lots of money for two year old chips. Both extortionate companies.



Lol at the reactions. Seems some people really can't handle good Nintendo news lol.



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NATO said:
arthurchan35 said:

Yeah, I just hoped they can put Tegra P1 in it, instead of 2 years old Tegra X1.

This, so freaking much this.

THat, so feaking much that




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External processing box for the Switch:

just $149.000 ;)