Nintendo NX Rumours: More mobile than console
This week has been a flood of supposed leaks of info regarding the upcoming console from Ninty. Nintendo NX Rumours seem to be setting the interwebz alight. We dive into the latest “info”.
Readers beware. Everything we are about to discuss is just speculation based on recent reports. It’s all just rumours until Nintendo officially announces any concrete information. Basically said, take it with a hearty pinch of salt. The latest Nintendo NX rumours have the system pegged as more of a mobile gaming platform. This is somewhat different from the original rumours of it being a “hybrid” system. Hybrid in the sense that it’s a set-top console that can be made mobile. Whereas this new report sees it as a mobile handheld console, similar to the PSVita that can be connected to a TV.
Mockup of the NX Handheld
However, it gets more interesting than that. Reports claim that the unit will have a docking station with detachable controllers. So imagine if you will. You’re playing Breath of the Wild on your NX on the train ride back home. Get home and dock the device to a docking station that is connected to your HDTV. Grab a controller on the dock and continue playing the game as you would a normal gaming console. Sounds pretty neat right? You can truly take your gaming with you anywhere you go without compromises to the quality of the experience. This also explains the rumour that the new system would return to cartridge-based media. Because it’s mobile, disc media wouldn’t fit the form factor. Add onto that, flash cards can store massive amounts of data. Just look at 128GB mini SD cards, that’s more than a Blu-ray can hold.
Mockup of the TV-connected Docking Station
Nintendo NX rumours don’t stop there. It seems the system will be running on nVidia Tegra X1 technology. This basically the same sort of tech you find in the nVidia Shield Android Console. Which if you remember runs games like Doom 3 BFG Edition. Let’s hypothetically compare this for a moment. Doom 3 BFG Edition is available on Xbox 360 and PS3. On those consoles, the game runs at 720p 60 FPS with frame-rate drops. On the Shield micro-console, the same game runs at flawless 1080p 60 FPS. So what we’re potentially looking at is a handheld console that is superior to last gen hardware. But obviously weaker than current gen consoles. This could be a good thing. This means Nintendo doesn’t have to fight on the same battleground as the more powerful Xbox One and PS4 or their upcoming upgrades. They have created their own unique market.
Face it, getting home console comparable power to a handheld is a pretty sweet deal. And the only hiccup to the Shield console is that it’s bogged down by its android underpinnings. Who knows who much power can be unleashed from the hardware when developers have machine level access that the OS doesn’t allow. The only question that remains is whether third party developers will be on board with this system. And whether it’s easy to develop for. I suppose if Nintendo can sell several millions of these then studios and publishers will want a piece of that action.
It’s very interesting to see if all of these rumours pan out to be true and how fans’ reception will be. Only time will tell. Stay tuned to SkyGamers for more of your favourite gaming news.