We might finally have a better idea of what exactly Nintendo’s NX actually is.
Eurogamer is reporting that several unnamed sources have given the site details on Nintendo’s next system, the NX, which launches next March. According to Eurogamer, the NX is a portable system with two detachable controllers. The system uses a docking station to connect to a TV display. The console will also use cartridges to play games.
Much of this aligns with rumors we’ve been seeing about the NX for some time. The portable/home console hybrid idea is one we’ve been hearing about almost since Nintendo confirmed it was working on a system. We’ve also heard claims that Nintendo wants to go back to cartridges instead of discs, an interesting decision from the company that famously stuck with cartridges in 1996 for the Nintendo 64 when its competition was moving to disk-based gaming.
The site also says that Nintendo is using Nvidia’s mobile-orientated Tegra processor to power the NX. Eurogamer says that current NX prototypes use the Tegra X1, the same processor that’s in the Shield Android TV. That device is capable of outputting 4K video — so while it may not be using an AMD graphics chip, like the PS4 and the Xbox One, it will still be able to run HD games, unlike any of Nintendo’s previous portable systems.
Eurogamer also said that the NX will not have backward compatibility, and it will run a new, Nintendo-made operating system (not an Android one, as some rumors have claimed). We don’t know exactly how powerful that will make the system, but Eurogamer also says that Nintendo will formally reveal the console in September.
We’ll just have to wait until then (or whenever Nintendo decides to lift the veil) to see how much of this is true.