The MagicBox Forums  

Go Back   The MagicBox Forums > Console Specifics > Nintendo Discussion

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-09-2017, 11:49 AM   #1
Registered User
Rubeus's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,980
Nintendo Switch May Not Get Current Gen Ports

It's in a similar situation to porting games to smartphones.

Click for full size

Nintendo Switch May Not Get Current Gen Ports

Former Ubisoft rendering lead reveals the Nintendo Switch may not have the processing power to handle current generation game ports, which may hurt the console’s success.

One of the most exciting gaming advances coming this next year is Nintendo’s new flagship console, the Nintendo Switch. While gamers wait for more information to be revealed about the handheld-hybrid device to be revealed in January, some information is finding its way to the streets a little early.

The latest details about the Nintendo Switch come by way of former senior rendering lead for Ubisoft, Sebastian Aaltonen, who shared on a Beyond3D forum some news about about the Nintendo Switch’s processing speed. Unfortunately for fans of current-gen games, it seems the Switch’s processing speed may be far below what many were hoping.

“Around 50% of modern game engine frame time goes to running compute shaders… 25.6 GB/s is pretty low as everybody knows that 68 GB/s of Xbox One isn’t that great either… Switch certainly fares well against last gen consoles… Too bad last gen consoles already got their last big AAA releases year ago. Xbox One is a significantly faster hardware. Straightforward code port is not possible. Content also needs to be simplified.”

Essentially, the Nintendo Switch may lack the processing power to handle many of this generation’s most exciting titles. If developers want to see their previously released games from the current generation ported to Nintendo Switch, they’ll have to go back and dramatically change the code and performance. For many developers, this may be far more trouble than it’s worth.

It would be possible for developers to port their previous generation games – from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – to the Nintendo Switch, but again, there’s a question of demand and resources. It’s very unlikely that few, if any, developers will take the time to do this.

That said, many third-party game developers have already announced their support for the Nintendo Switch. Ubisoft apparently has something planned for the console, and Electonic Arts has announced a ‘big’ game coming to platform. However, while many gamers were expecting to learn Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Battlefield 1 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, the new revelation from Aaltonen may be enough to destroy those hopes for Nintendo fans.

Click for full size

It’ll be interesting to learn the full set of specs at Nintendo’s January event, and how those specs affect potential games for the console and how well it sells at launch.

What do you think about Aaltonen’s comments about the Nintendo Switch? Does the revealed processing power worry you about the console?

The Nintendo Switch is set to release March 2017.
Rubeus is offline   Reply With Quote
Connect With Facebook to "Like" This Thread

Old 01-09-2017, 09:14 PM   #2
Smash bro!
Nem's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: EU
Posts: 9,421
Well... i will come out and say i expect it to bomb in good Dreamcast fashion. Also, i think Nintendo deserves it. Iwata's death was really bad for the company.

They should stick to portable and mobile... or make a home system that appeals to the casuals with gimmicks like the Wii. Mainstream home consoles... they got no chance.
"Only those with narrow minds fail to see that the definition of Impossible is "Lack of imagination and incentive"" - DUNE:BJ
Nem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 01:28 AM   #3
spider-prime's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: I hated going to weddings cause all the grandmas would poke me saying "you're next, you're next". They stopped saying that when I did it to them at Funerals.
Posts: 22,514
Isn't this a huge duh?
spider-prime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 01:41 AM   #4
Drunken Savior
El Psy Kongroo!
Drunken Savior's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 19,606
Originally Posted by spider-prime View Post
Isn't this a huge duh?
I know, right?

"Surely things will be different this time!"

Games I'm hyped for
The Last of Us Part 2, RE2 Remake, The Last Night

Current Platforms:
PC (i7-7700K, 16GB, GTX 980Ti), Wii U, PS4
Drunken Savior is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.