There is cause for some celebration however, as there had previously been rumors that the final console would ship with half the amount of RAM as the developer kits, or 2GB.
Although the console is being positioned as a console-handheld hybrid, the specs that we’re seeing suggest that in terms of computing capability the device is closer to a handheld than a full home console.
The Tegra processor that’s powering the switch is of the same architecture as that which powered the Nvidia Shield handheld, and now it seems its RAM levels aren’t comparable to current generation consoles.
RAM isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to computing specs, but it’s disappointing that the Switch isn’t matching the RAM levels of three year old current generation consoles.
However, for a portable device its 4GB looks a lot more respectable, especially when you consider that it won’t need to do the amount of multitasking that’s expected from modern smartphones where 4GB of RAM is commonplace.
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