In the Iwata Asks special that aired recently, Alex, a member of NERD, or Nintendo European Research and Development, implied that Nintendo may be looking into GPGPU powered cloud computing.
In response to Iwata’s remark, “You get Nintendo’s most confidential information,” Alex replied, “Exactly. The developers at Nintendo headquarters need to spend their time developing the actual platform, so I think we’d like to explore areas that they don’t have time for. For example the possibilities which are opened up by the combination of cloud technologies and new software paradigms like general purpose GPU programming.
I think we are now in exactly the right place to create the best new ideas, but we need to be very bold and ambitious to do so. That’s why I’m so glad I’m at NERD and not anywhere else.”
This is an interesting concept, and seems to imply that Nintendo and Microsoft are interested in similar things for the future of computing. What, if anything, will come of this? We’ll find out soon, but for now, happy gaming.