The gaming community is abuzz with anticipation as new details about the potential successor to the Nintendo Switch, tentatively dubbed the “Switch 2,” continue to surface.
A recent report by Digital Foundry has pieced together information from various sources, including leaks, LinkedIn posts, and an Nvidia hack, to shed light on what could be the heart of the new console: a custom processor named the T239, developed by Nvidia.
This processor is believed to be a tailored version of Nvidia’s T234 chip, originally designed for automotive and robotics applications. However, the T239 is expected to be scaled down to fit the needs of a mobile console, trimming features specific to vehicles.
One of the standout features of the T239 could be a File Decompression Engine, which would potentially allow for significantly faster load times in the Switch 2, assuming the rest of the system’s hardware complements this capability.
Digital Foundry went a step further to construct a PC with specifications mirroring what the Switch 2 might offer and tested various games on this setup. The performance benchmarks were promising, with results comparable or superior to last-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One.
For instance, the test setup ran “Death Stranding” at 1080p with an average of 34.9fps. There’s also speculation that the Switch 2 could incorporate DLSS technology, depending on whether certain hardware elements from the T234 make it into the final design of the T239.
While the technical capabilities are starting to come into focus, the actual design and appearance of the Switch 2 remain shrouded in mystery. Nonetheless, earlier reports suggest a 2024 launch date, and Nintendo’s Doug Bowser has hinted at a smoother transition to the new console compared to previous launches.
As we await official confirmation and details from Nintendo, the gaming community’s excitement only grows, imagining the possibilities of a new era of portable gaming on the horizon.