It has long been assumed that the forthcoming NX console would use AMD's tech and would be based on x86 architecture - just like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Indeed, we've had reports that Nintendo's new console is on par with its established rivals in terms of processing power, but it would appear that such claims are actually false.
Eurogamer is reporting that the new machine will make use of one of Nvidia's popular Tegra chipsets, possibly the X1. This mobile-focused technology already powers the Shield Android TV console and Google's Pixel C tablet, and is one of the most potent "system on a chip" options currently available on the market.
The catch here is that it's very much aimed at the mobile arena rather than the domestic one - but this would tie in with another report from today which suggests that NX is a handheld console which connects to your TV - the opposite of the Wii U, if you will. Tegra provides impressive power but isn't as hungry when it comes to battery demands, which would make it ideal for NX if the rumours of it being a handheld are true. However, it would clearly mean that Nintendo isn't attempting to beat Sony and Microsoft when it comes to graphical grunt.
Still, it's hardly a slouch. If you're wondering about the kind of power Tegra X1 can provide, then check out this highlight video:
That's Nvidia's tech running on Android. If Nintendo decides to code "to the metal" it could extract even more performance from the hardware.
Eurogamer's sources claim that dev kits currently in the field are using the Tegra X1 chipset cooled by fans - something which has led the site to ponder if NX will actually run next-generation Tegra X2 chips when it launches. If this is the case then the power gap between Nintendo's machine and its rivals could shrink considerably - it could even be a match for the Xbox One and PS4, but with the added bonus of being fully portable. It would also make sense from a timing perspective, as X1 is already well established but X2 hasn't gone into mass production - perhaps the delay to March is to factor in this new, more powerful chipset?
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