During a financial call, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently commented on the company’s increase of revenue in their gaming division, crediting it to their involvement with Nintendo and the upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. Huang had numerous favorable things to say about the console, saying that he believes it’s “like nothing anyone has ever played before.”
Following up those initial statements, Huang has spoken with GamesBeat, further praising the Switch by noting the console’s “ground-breaking design.” He went on to say that the Switch is “the type of project that really inspires us.”
Huang’s entire commentary is as follows:
“We’re dedicated to the gaming market and always have been. Some parts of the market, we just weren’t prepared to serve them. I was fairly open about how, when this current generation of consoles was being considered, we didn’t have x86 CPUs. We weren’t in contention for any of those. However, the other factor is whether we could really make a contribution or not. If a particular game console doesn’t require our special skills, what we can uniquely bring, then it’s a commodity business that may not be suited for us.
In the case of Switch, it was such a ground-breaking design. Performance matters, because games are built on great performance, but form factor and energy efficiency matter incredibly, because they want to build something that’s portable and transformable. The type of gameplay they want to enable is like nothing the world has so far. It’s a scenario where two great engineering teams, working with their creative teams, needed to hunker down. Several hundred engineering years went into building this new console. It’s the type of project that really inspires us, gets us excited. It’s a classic win-win.”
The Nintendo Switch will release sometime in March 2017.