In a new interview with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, he talks about the Nintendo Switch and thinks that the console is “really delightful”.
Over at Venture Beat, they managed to talk with Nvidia’s CEO about AI and all manner of other subjects. The interview is worth a read but one particular part stood out when it came to the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo Switch is a game console. It’s very Nintendo. That entire experience is going to be very Nintendo. The beauty of that company, the craft of that company, the philosophy of that company - they’re myopically, singularly focused on making sure that the gaming experience is amazing, surprising, and safe for young people, for children. Their dedication to their craft, that singular dedication, is quite admirable. When you guys all see Switch, I believe people are going to be blown away, quite frankly. It’s really delightful.
If you didn’t already know, Nvidia is supplying a custom Tegra chip for the system. While my colleague Erik Kain thinks this makes the console underpowered compared to its competition, I actually think this is a good thing.
Not only does the Switch cross the border between handheld and a traditional home console, the games industry faces a big turning point in terms of unsustainably large budgets. Keeping the specifications reasonable potentially discourages excessive spending in terms of game development.
To be honest, Jen-Hsun Huang has hit what Nintendo do squarely on the head; it is a singularly focused gaming company and not a tech company that’s trying to create interactive movies that cost exorbitant amounts of money to make
In that sense, having Nintendo lead by example is something I hope will catch on, as the alternative is not something that has much of a long-term future.
Thankfully, we will finally get to know more about the Nintendo Switch at the end of this week, so it will be interesting to finally see what games we will have in store on the upcoming console.
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