Eurogamer has gone on record saying that Nintendo’s upcoming platform, codenamed NX, will be a full-fledged portable gaming machine with detachable controllers. Of course that means it will have its own display so gamers can take it anywhere they like, but when at home the system can connect to your TV for playing games on the big screen. Apparently a base unit docking station will connect the controller to the TV and include some processing power to make the resolution bump.
Powering the new system will be a powerful Tegra mobile processor. This means that while the graphics should be leagues ahead of the 3DS, they most likely will not be on par with PS4. They could approach that level, but it’s way too early to know for sure since Nintendo could be using customized chips to boost power when hooked up to the TV. We would be surprised if something like Zelda: Breath of the Wild looked worse on the NX compared to the Wii U.
Of course, because the system is portable, Nintendo will be opting for cartridges instead of discs, which lines up with previous rumors. Apparently Nintendo is suggesting 32 GB sizes as a standard, meaning bigger ones will most likely be available to those developers needing more space. Many HD games these days can take up to 50 GB of storage, so it’s nice to see Nintendo is thinking big with the cart sizes, assuming all of this is true of course.
Lastly, Eurogamer has heard that Nintendo is set to blow the lid off the NX at a special event this September. So, we shouldn’t have too much longer of a wait on our hands to see the real deal.
So, what do you think? If this is true it could be exciting, as it would bring Nintendo’s console and portable gaming divisions to one system. The prospect of being able to play the next Animal Crossing on the go and at home on the HDTV sounds fantastic. My only concern is the power of the device and how good the graphics are. I’m hoping we see a leap beyond Wii U and we aren’t straddled with the exact same graphics, similar to the GameCube to Wii jump where very little differences were noticed. I can’t wait to see this thing in action.
For more details, be sure to check out Eurogamer’s article at the link below.