NVIDIA Employee Confirms Tegra239, Likely Nintendo Switch 2 SoC
An Nvidia employee has confirmed the existence of the Tegra239 chip, which has been rumored since 2021 as the SoC being developed for the Nintendo Switch 2.
According to the Nvidia employee, Nvidia has added support for the Tegra239 SoC, the likely SoC for Nintendo Switch 2, which has eight cores in a single cluster. In addition, the SoC manufacturer has moved num_clusters to soc data in order to avoid always over allocating memory for four clusters.
The claim made by reliable NVIDIA leaker kopite7kimi that Nvidia will use a modified version of its T234 Orin chip for the next-generation Switch is further supported by this revelation.
As of this information, the following details can be inferred about the Nintendo Switch 2 console:
- T239 SoC
- 8-core CPU
- Ampere-based GPU that may incorporate some Lovelace features
- The 2nd generation Nintendo Switch graphics API contains references to DLSS 2.2 and raytracing support
The original Nintendo Switch is game console developed by Nintendo and released worldwide in most regions on March 3, 2017. It is a hybrid console because the console is actually a tablet that can be docked to be used as a home console or carried around. Its wireless Joy-Con controllers can be attached to either side of the console to support handheld play. They have standard buttons and directional analogue sticks for user input, motion sensing, and tactile feedback. They can also function as a traditional home console gamepad when connected to a grip accessory, or they can be held in the hand like the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to support local multiplayer modes.
The software of the Nintendo Switch supports both local wireless ad hoc connectivity with other consoles and online gaming via the Internet. There is no region lockout on the Nintendo Switch; games and software are distributed both physically on flash-based ROM cartridges and digitally via the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-focused update of the device, was made available on September 20, 2019. On October 8, 2021, a higher-end revision of the original system with an OLED screen was unveiled.