Nvidia launches the perfect $99 game emulation kit

Yesterday at GDC Nvidia launched a new dev kit under their AI computing brand, Jetson. 

The Jetson Nano is essentially an underclocked Nvidia Shield/Nintendo Switch with the barebones DIY form factor of a Raspberry Pi 3.

While it is $60 more than a Pi 3, the Jetson Nano will likely have support for OpenGL ES 3 and Vulkan. Which means this tiny SoC should easily be able to emulate any game from the Gamecube to the Atari 2600 at higher resolution, fidelity, and framerate.

When I went to preorder a Jetson Nano this morning, they were completely out of stock with a current delivery estimate for late March to mid-April.

I’ve signed up to be notified for the next batch they release, as soon as I get my hands on one of these I’ll be sure to do a write-up!

Specs:

  • GPU: 128-core NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture-based GPU
  • CPU: Quad-core ARM® A57
  • Video: 4K @ 30 fps (H.264/H.265) / 4K @ 60 fps (H.264/H.265) encode and decode
  • Camera: MIPI CSI-2 DPHY lanes, 12x (Module) and 1x (Developer Kit)
  • Memory: 4 GB 64-bit LPDDR4; 25.6 gigabytes/second
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet
  • OS Support: Linux for Tegra®
  • Module Size: 70mm x 45mm
  • Developer Kit Size: 100mm x 80mm