Nintendo has been working on new hardware under the code name NX for quite some time now, and the device is set to launch next March. Even though we’re less than a year from its release date, we still know almost nothing about NX (its real name included) because Nintendo is keeping official details under wraps. In the absence of news from Nintendo, various rumors and reports have circled.
One rumor that has gained a lot of steam thanks to the fact that its source was verified by the Reddit staff (an imperfect practice that does not guarantee the information is legitimate) suggested that NX would use x86 architecture, much like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Industry insider Emily Rogers has addressed this rumor in a blog, claiming that seven different sources have debunked this.
According to Rogers, NX will utilize special, custom-made chips. Although the architecture isn’t the standard x86, it’s said to be “very modern.” Rogers also disputes the various rumors that claim NX will use a Polaris GPU or that NX will dwarf PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in power. According to her sources, its power is comparable to that of Xbox One, and it won’t be aiming to compete with PlayStation Neo.
As with all rumors, none of this information has been confirmed by Nintendo, and Nintendo is unlikely to comment. Emily Rogers has accurately leaked information in the past, but all rumors should be taken with a grain of salt.
Source: Emily Rogers