The new Nintendo Switch could very well revolutionize the way gaming is done, but fans are disappointed to hear that the new console is less powerful than the PS4 back when it first launched three years ago. The reason behind it is the outdated architecture used on the console.
According to Game Rant, reports say that the Nintendo Switch will use the custom Nvidia Tegra processor, which is a fairly outdated Maxwell architecture. This is strange as Nvidia is now using the Pascal architecture since 2016.
This means it can be safe to assume that the Switch will not be able to support 4k gaming when used as a home console. Some people might be fine with the outdated processor simply because the console can become a handheld device, but it will be disappointing for those who play cutting-edge games once it launches in March 2017.
The reason behind the outdated architecture might point to the fact that the console has been long in development. It is likely for the Tegra processor to be on par with Xbox One’s performance, but nothing is certain until the specs are hopefully clarified during the Switch’s price and release date announcement in early January.
Game Spot further confirms its performance issue by comparing it to other current generation consoles. After all, the Maxwell Tegra chip offers more than 1 teraflop of performance while the standard PS4 offers 1.8 teraflops, and the standard Xbox One has 1.3 teraflops.
Unfortunately, it is impossible for the Switch to compete against the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One Scorpio. The PS4 Pro offers 4.2 teraflops of performance while Scorpio offers 6 teraflops.
Even though this is the case, most people agree that the power level offered by Nintendo Switch will not make or break it. Nintendo, after all, is trying to capitalize on the untapped market, and once it succeeds, it will draw mass appeal, regardless of performance.