There have been lots of Nintendo NX rumours from individuals and their sources over the past few months, but now our colleagues at Eurogamer have stuck their necks out with their own assessment of Nintendo's next-generation system. Citing multiple sources, it's sketched out a number of key details it believes represent the upcoming Nintendo NX.
First of all, a point-by-point summary of Eurogamer's claims that are based on 'a number of sources'.
- The NX is primarily a "high-powered handheld console with its own display", with the key twist that "the screen is bookended by two controller sections on either side, which can be attached or detached as required".
- At home you can connect the portable (which houses the power as a standalone device) to a base station that displays the system on the TV. This dual approach is to ensure that all games are fully functional 'on the go' or at home.
- It'll apparently use Nvidia Tegra technology, with the expected tech in use considered beyond the abilities of PS3 / Xbox 360, but potentially not up to current-gen home console levels in terms of graphical power, unsurprising as this concept is essentially a dedicated portable. It all depends, ultimately, on which Tegra chip is at the core of the system - the upcoming X2 could get near PS4 / Xbox One levels - which is not quite clear. We've covered this further in a separate article.
- NX will use cartridges, as previously speculated. They may be limited to 32GB in size, though downloads can naturally get around that.
- There are apparently no plans for backward compatibility, as a result of the different architecture being used.
- Nintendo is apparently using a new operating system of its own, not Android as rumoured.
- The system is likely to be revealed in September, with a core marketing pitch to keep things simple and emphasize gaming on the go.
Nintendo gave Eurogamer a boilerplate statement around this - "Nintendo has not made any new official announcements regarding NX which is due to launch in March 2017. As such [we're] unable to comment on the various rumours and speculations circulating."
Eurogamer states that its report is drawing together information from multiple sources, some of which is familiar from older rumours and some that are a little different. In any case it's all conceivably true, and we certainly place value in Eurogamer's practices with sources, yet it's important to still note that none of this is confirmed.
What do you think - could this be the shape of NX, and if so would you be happy about the system?