The development of Nintendo Switch 2 is something that the big N is carrying out in the most absolute of secrets, but it is clear that this project is a reality and that, in the end, it is only a matter of time until it finally hits the market. During the last weeks we have been seeing different information pointing in different directions, and today we have new details about one of its most important components, the SoC.
According to this new information, said SoC will be manufactured in the samsung 5LPP node, that is, in an improved low-power 5nm node, which means that we are facing a next-generation solution that will start from the chip base Tegra Orin than NVIDIA introduced a while ago. This is important to note, because it means that Nintendo will use a customized version of said SoC and that it will therefore have a slightly lower configuration.
To put you in the situation, I would remind you that the Tegra Orin SoC incorporates, in its standard configuration, an Ampere GPU with 2,048 shaders, the same number that the GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile, and comes with a 12-core ARM Cortex-A78E CPU. The custom version for Nintendo Switch 2 will probably come with a CPU-level trim and maybe a GPU-level shader tweak as well, although the latter is something I’m not so convinced about.
My bet, looking at all the current sources and previous information, is that the Nintendo Switch 2 will come with a CPU equipped with 8 Cortex-A78E cores and that it will have an Ampere GPU of between 1,792 and 2,048 shaders. Featuring a graphics core based on NVIDIA’s Ampere architecture, this new console should be supports DLSS 2 technologyan AI-powered image rescaling and reconstruction technique that will likely let you run 4K games with no problem, and it should also feature ray-tracing acceleration.
The amount of integrated unified memory will be between 8GB and 12GBalthough I do not rule out the possibility that the big N chooses to mount 16 GB from memory. If these specifications that we have seen are met, Nintendo Switch 2 would be a very powerful console, and it would be a big leap compared to the current generation. Its launch has not yet been confirmed, but everything seems to indicate that we will not see it until 2025 or maybe even until 2026, because Nintendo wants to maximize the useful life and take full advantage of the pull that the original model still has.