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Using Ampere based GPU, also Cortex A-78!?
This shit will be expensive, not looking like Ninty stuff.



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Manlytears said:

Using Ampere based GPU, also Cortex A-78!?
This shit will be expensive, not looking like Ninty stuff.

Eh, not so sure about that. When Switch launched in 2017, the Tegra X1 based SoC it used was made up of a 2014 Maxwell GPU (3 years outdated) and a 2012 Cortex A57 CPU (5 year old tech). By comparison, assuming Switch 2 releases in 2024 as rumored, it's Ampere GPU is 2020 tech (4 years outdated) and it's Cortex A78 CPU is also 2020 tech (4 years outdated). So Switch 2 really doesn't seem to me like it will be any more cutting edge than Switch 1 was. We will get a pretty big leap in GPU power of about 5-6x most likely, and I think a 3-4x leap in CPU power, and hopefully LPDDR5X RAM and an SSD as well for a large increase in RAM and storage speed, which will definitely make it a generational leap over Switch 1, but I don't exactly see it knocking tech enthusiasts socks off either. Seems to me like it will likely launch for $350 at most. 

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And as usual, the most important part will be the use of DLSS 2.2 features.



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Take it with a grain of salt. As always.



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Mar1217 said:

And as usual, the most important part will be the use of DLSS 2.2 features.

100% this! We may actually be able to see up to 4k 60fps for most Nintendo games with DLSS 2.2! Minus major titles like TLoZ Tears of the Kingdom, for example.

Freaking DLSS 3.0 is giving games like Spider-Man Remastered 200+ fps with ray tracing on. So if this is all true, we're in for a major upgrade!



gtotheunit91 said:
Mar1217 said:

And as usual, the most important part will be the use of DLSS 2.2 features.

100% this! We may actually be able to see up to 4k 60fps for most Nintendo games with DLSS 2.2! Minus major titles like TLoZ Tears of the Kingdom, for example.

Freaking DLSS 3.0 is giving games like Spider-Man Remastered 200+ fps with ray tracing on. So if this is all true, we're in for a major upgrade!

Since it's Ampere based, most likely the Switch 2 won't get DLSS 3 due to the amount of computation DLSS 3 requires as DLSS 3 is now adding frames instead of upscaling pixels.

So unless what they are incorporating are the tensor cores from Lovelace but I doubt it. But that doesn't mean it's a bad thing though. Having DLSS 2 on a device like the Switch will give it a secret sauce like no other!



             

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I think this will launch with Zelda: TotK next May and it is a successor hardware, but Nintendo won't be migrating from the current Switch ecosystem any time soon. It'll just get the same Nintendo Switch games from Nintendo but in 4K maybe with some added effects (ray tracing or better lighting).

They likely ordered development on this chip years ago, like 2019 if not sooner, so it's simply finished or close to finished.

It'll be $399.99 minimum too I think, since I don't think the OG Switch is going anywhere, this will initially just be more like an additive model so it won't have the responsibility of having to carry an entire product line at first.

Probably a bunch of 3rd party exclusives though like Street Fighter VI and RE4 Remake and FF7 Remake I can see being announced for it.

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I've watched a few videos, DLSS looks amazing, cool tech. Given I'm not a tech person, if this is true (which is may not be), what does this mean for backwards compatability?