Tokyo Game Show is a big event where hundreds of developers and distributors show off their games, but it’s also a place to showcase hardware. A company has just announced an SD card that allows you to play games from your PC, on the Nintendo Switch!
The Tassi company showed the Stream Card, a small SD card that allows a Nintendo Switch to stream games from a PC located on its local network. The card would also perform some processing, in order to make the execution of the game as good as possible and with as little lag as possible. We could think of the Stream Card as a kind of Steam Link or NVIDIA Shield, but for Switch. Below you can see a video of Stray, a game running on PC and streaming to a Switch, with an almost imperceptible delay.
Tassi mentioned that he is looking to commercialize the Stream Card. There are still no business partners who can help with production and distribution, although a representative assured that the people who came to try the product got very good impressions.
Despite the fact that the Nintendo Switch is portable, it has very old hardware, so it is becoming more and more problematic for new games to come to the console. Some companies have started creating cloud versions for their games, but the connection and lag issues are so obvious that not many people buy them. Thus, the Stream Card offers a perfect solution: yes, it offers streaming, but locally, which solves the problems presented by the cloud.