Nintendo showed off a demo of the Switch earlier this month, but there’s no information to go by when it comes to the hardware powering the console. We’re getting a little more on that front thanks to Venturebeat, which claims that the Switch won’t be as powerful as Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Nintendo has worked with NVIDIA over the Switch’s hardware, and it is likely the console will be powered by the Tegra X1, the same hardware behind the Shield Android TV. The GM20B GPU is based on second-gen Maxwell and will feature 256 CUDA cores.
The CPU will see four Cortex A57 cores and four Cortex A53 cores. Again, not the latest available in the market. The NVIDIA collaboration had a lot of folks excited to see a possible Pascal-based hardware running the show on the Switch, but it looks like that won’t be the case.
As for the clock speeds, the CPU is said to be clocked at 1020MHz, with the GPU at 768MHz and the memory clock to 1600MHz. As the Switch is a portable console, the GPU downclocks when it is removed from the dock to 307MHz, with the memory clocks falling to 1331MHz. That means that the GPU on the Switch will be 2.5 times faster when it is docked.
It looks like that’s the final spec, as Nintendo sent out the following message to developers:
The information in this table is the final specification for the combinations of performance configurations and performance modes that applications will be able to use at launch.
While the hardware itself doesn’t look all that enticing, it’s vital to note that the Switch has a 6.2-inch 720p display. NVIDIA is also said to have worked closely with Nintendo in tweaking the hardware, so we’ll have to wait and see until next month to see if the optimizations have paid off.