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Introducing the Nintendo Switch PC Game Streaming Card

A new device called Stream Card, for Nintendo Switch owners, has been present at the Tokyo Game Show. Created by a company called Tassei, the device housed in an SD card slot makes it easy to stream PC games over Wi-Fi to your Switch display. The device was shown with the surprise hit game Stray in action in a video demo.

Nintendo’s Switch console has an excellent library of games, but it’s not the most powerful handheld on the market. Therefore, games that look great on PC can pale a bit on the small screen. Then there’s the question of game availability and pricing – Tom’s gear readers know that the PC platform is the king of choice and value. Finally, while some cloud versions of AAA PC games are available on the Switch (notably from Ubisoft and Capcom), no competing product or service opens up your PC game library to Nintendo’s handheld hybrid – until now. .

From the images and video shared by the source, an interesting game setup was exhibited at the Tokyo Game Show. Inside the display case were what looked like an Intel NUC 11 Phantom Canyon with Intel Tiger Lake CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a 15-inch portable monitor, and a Nintendo Switch with a Tassei stream card sticking out of it. a flimsy way. On the outside of the case, you can see the videographer playing Stray using a Nintendo Pro controller.

4Gamer’s report from the show suggests the Stream Card isn’t ready for mass consumption. In addition to the bare circuit board design ethos, which adds a fragile protrusion to the switch’s refined design, responsiveness leaves room for improvement. While watching the video, you may perceive a lag between the NUC connected monitor game display and the Switch display. The show’s report says there’s a bit of lag when playing, which won’t be ideal for fast-paced competitive multiplayer, but could probably be tolerated in other genres.

Looking closer at the hardware, we can see that the connected SD slot device relies on an ESP8266 for Wi-Fi connectivity. This chip is limited to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, which could explain some of the delay . Tassei also says the streaming system isn’t as simple as a display device directly connected to Wi-Fi; it also requires a SoC for “processing”.

Tassei Spread Map

(Image credit: 4Gamers)

Tassei’s product information card at the Tokyo Game Show indicates that it is looking for a partner to bring this device to market. With an improved compact form factor and tweaks to the Wi-Fi solution and SoC it has the potential to be attractive, but as things stand we can’t say it could be high on the mark. level of refinement/performance necessary to satisfy PC players wishing to stream there.

In summary, this is an interesting product in its early stages, and we’ll let you know if it’s refined and released down the line.