Rumor: Nintendo NX is a portable unit with detachable controllers0 Comments
The gaming community has known about Nintendo's upcoming NX console for over a year, but aside from the fact that the product exists and that former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata called the unit a "brand new concept," almost nothing has revealed about the console until now. A new report from Eurogamer, with information corroborated by multiple unnamed sources, has revealed how the NX will blend traditional console-style interactivity with handheld-style functionality.
Sources claim the NX will essentially be a handheld unit with its own display and associated controls sitting on each side of the screen. And, in a surprising twist, the two controller sections of the unit will reportedly detach from the middle portion of the unit that houses the screen. This core part of the console then allegedly fits into a docking station of sorts that connects to a TV at home, where the detachable controllers presumably act as wireless gamepads.
Sources have also claimed that Nintendo will drop support for discs and bring back their long-favored cartridge medium. It's not clear what sort of cartridge the system will accomodate, nor what capacity the cartridges will provide, but Eurogamer reports hearing that Nintendo "recommends" a 32GB cartridge for their games. And, since the unit won't feature a disc drive, one source indicates that the NX won't be backward-compatible with Wii or Wii U games.
The NX was previously rumored to be an effort from Nintendo to unify their console and handheld markets, and these latest details certainly seem to reaffirm that direction. Not every new piece of information aligns with previous rumors, however, as one source stated that the NX will not run an Android operating system as had been previously suggested. Of course, Nintendo themselves refuted that back in June of 2015. Rumors also suggested that the NX might use AMD processors — this too been debunked, as sources indicate that the NX will make use of Nvidia's mobile-oriented Tegra chip.
Naturally, the official word from Nintendo regarding these details is not at all relevatory: "Nintendo has not made any new official announcements regarding NX which is due to launch in March 2017," a Nintendo spokesperson said. "As such [we're] unable to comment on the various rumours and speculations circulating."
Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers, Eurogamer