The upcoming Nintendo Switch is revolutionary in a variety of ways; from its merging of Nintendo’s handheld and console divisions to the innovative Joy-Con controllers. One aspect that is somewhat overshadowed, however, is the somewhat unprecedented partnership between Nintendo and the GPU giant NVIDIA.
While it’s been a few weeks since NVIDIA first released its press release regarding the Switch, the company’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, discussed the budding relationship in a recent earnings call, revealing some interesting facts. For example, while the two companies have only been working together “for almost two years”, “several hundred engineering years” have gone into the Switch. This makes some sense as both companies have prior experience with handhelds, with the Switch definitely seeming like a hardware successor to the NVIDIA Shield console.
What is perhaps most exciting, or disappointing depending on your point of view, is that NVIDIA’s CEO also believes the company’s relationship with Nintendo is one “that will likely last two decades”. Regardless of whether you think the partnership is a good idea or not, it’s definitely promising to see that the two companies are getting along so well.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on Switch news as we approach its release in March 2017.
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