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Nintendo Switch less powerful than PS4? Let the needless fretting commence

Early on in the Nintendo Wii U’s life-cycle the company was forced to deal with assertions it didn’t have the same grunt as the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Now history may be set to repeat itself, with new reports claiming the forthcoming Nintendo Switch will be less powerful than the original PS4.

VentureBeat sources say the Switch will use the last-gen 20nm Nvidia Maxwell GPU architecture, rather than the recently-announced 16nm Pascal chip.

The reason? Pascal isn’t ready for the Tegra CPU Nintendo plans to place within the Switch, according to the sources.

Given Nintendo plans to market the Switch as a hybrid console that works as well at home or on the go, it’s hardly surprising that the highest-end graphical fidelity isn’t the priority.

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The company is also targeting an audience that, in the main, is unlikely to be a) concerned or b) bothered enough to notice the slight differences behind spoken of here.

Essentially, it’s like people criticizing the PS4 Pro for not being able to use it without being plugged into the mains.

Equally, those who’ve bought a PS4 Pro for the 4K HDR gaming are probably willing (nay, expecting) to sacrifice a little bit in order to experience the convenience of the Switch.

However, given the history, we can expect more and more needless and frankly pointless comparisons even before the official specs are announced in January.

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