Nintendo’s next console, code named NX, launches in March of next year, but we still have almost no official details about the device. Lots of rumors have surfaced during Nintendo’s lengthy silence, and according to Eurogamer, at least some of them are true. Eurogamer has released a new report on the upcoming hardware, and they’re not treating it as a rumor, but as a report that has been confirmed to them by multiple sources.
Eurogamer reports that Nintendo NX is a handheld device powered by Nvidia’s mobile-orientated Tegra processor, which we’ve heard rumored before. Development kits utilize the Tegra X1 chip found in the Shield Android TV console and the Google Pixel C tablet, but it’s unclear if that will be the case with the final product. It also states that NX runs on an operating system developed by Nintendo, rather than a once-reported Android OS.
However, NX will also function as a home console. The handheld device can connect to a dock station in order to display games on a TV like a home console. Additionally, the handheld device’s screen is said to be bookended by two controller sections on either side. These can be detached from the handheld unit and used as controllers when playing on a TV.
We’ve speculated in the past that Nintendo NX will use cartridges instead of discs, and Eurogamer claims that this is also true. Some sources have indicated that the average game cartridge will be 32GB, which is substantially smaller than PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games, but larger than Wii U games. Because NX is so drastically different from both 3DS and Wii U in terms of hardware, it reportedly will not be backwards compatible with either device.
The author of the article later tweeted a mockup of the control unit, which resembles recently-discovered patents Nintendo filed last December. You can find it embedded below.
Finally, Eurogamer reports that Nintendo is tentatively planning to unveil NX in September. When they do, they’re planning to have a simple marketing campaign focused on the fact that you can take your games on the go in addition to playing at home. Nintendo, of course, has declined to comment on any of these claims.
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsEG) July 26, 2016