Rumors of a new Nintendo Switch have been circulating for some time, with NVIDIA’s recent leak possibly confirming that an Ampere-architectured, DLSS-enabled machine is in the works.
Nintendo recently said new hardware is becoming increasingly important to them, admitting a smooth transition to next-gen is a top priority. A new NVIDIA job posting could be the latest indication that Nintendo is working on new hardware.
A job posting for a “game console development tools engineer” has been posted by NVIDIA. The job title pretty much says it all: the successful candidate will build the “next generation” of graphics tools to make it easier for console developers to use NVIDIA GPU technology and features.
Here’s what the job description looked like for the NVIDIA Graphics Development Tools teams:
Are you passionate about 3D graphics, GPUs and low-level, hardware-like programming? Have you ever dreamed of helping bring video games to life? Do you want to work with a fast, agile and experienced team? Are you ready to move at the speed of light? NVIDIA is looking to hire a deeply technical, creative, and hands-on software engineer to launch the next generation of graphics development tools for game consoles.
You will work with the NVIDIA Graphics Tools team to create tools that allow developers around the world to harness the full power of NVIDIA GPUs. We are looking for a low-level programmer to help us provide the best possible experience for game developers looking to debug and optimize their games.
NVIDIA is looking for people who are good at “low-level GPU performance tuning/optimization,” with the goal of “enabling developers to achieve faster, more consistent frame rates,” according to the job description.
A Switch is the only console on the market using NVIDIA silicon (the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S both have AMD SoCs), so this new employee could be working on “next-gen” dev tools for one. business. The fact that the job description emphasizes maximizing the performance of possibly power-limited devices also reminds me of another Switch-like system.
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