According to a new report by Eurogamer, Nintendo’s next console, the NX will be a handheld tablet console with detachable controllers. Nintendo has touted the system as a crossover that will offer gamers a unique experience at home and on the go. If this report is accurate then the system will indeed have a base station for home play on the television.
The NX will also have it’s own operating system,debunking previous rumors indicating it would run on Android. Sadly, it will come as no surprise that Nintendo is once again not trying to exceed or even match their competitors in terms of graphical power. Current reports are that the system will use the Nvidia Tegra which will make it the strongest handheld to date but will fall short of the expected fidelity of rival Sony’s Playstation 4 Neo. This is a strategy that has served them well in the past so it’s hard to fault them for playing it safe. In fact if you look at every console race since Nintendo entered in 1985, rarely is the most powerful system also the most successful. From the Neo Geo to the Playstation 3 , these titans of their time were hindered by their high price tags and difficult to develop for architecture.
The biggest news in the report is the media format being considered by Nintendo. Forgoing the modified Blu-ray discs utilized by the Wii U for proprietary cartridges. This would likely prevent any physical backwards compatibility unless an external drive is made available, the likelihood of which is doubtful. No word has been given as to whether or not digital Wii and Wii U games would playable on the new system. According to Eurogamer’s source, Nintendo is going to use 32 Gb cards. Hopefully this proves false, as it would be a considerable step backwards compared to the 50 Gb storage available on the dual layer Blu rays discs used by competitors Sony and Microsoft.
Unfortunately, when reached for comment by Eurogamer, Nintendo’s response was the boilerplate “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 rumors and speculations circulating.” Look forward to September when Nintendo is supposed to officially reveal the NX. Until then keep trying to log in to Pokemon Go.
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