When the leaked Nintendo NX controllers turned out to be fake, gamers learned to keep their saltshakers handy. Now we have a new batch of NX rumors that center around the console's technical details and these claims are actually quite believable.
- Built on x86 architecture
- Backup data to Nintendo server (most likely My Nintendo)
- Support for additional screen
- Can handle ports of current-gen games
- Will be able to interact with smartdevice apps
- Using NX software will unlock My Nintendo reward points
Given what we already know about the Nintendo NX, these rumors seem right on the money. The NX will support cross-compatibility with existing Nintendo hardware like the Wii U and 3DS/N3DS, as well as smartphones. It's only natural that Nintendo ties all of its hardware to its new My Nintendo ecosystem, and patents have already revealed certain My Nintendo features on the NX. As for the x86 architecture, it's been said that the NX will need zero modification to run ports of PS4 and Xbox One games.
As for the additional screen, the NX will likely feature a Wii U-like gamepad that enables second-screen gaming. We expect Nintendo to make an earnest push for its second-screen content and earnestly support the feature, unlike the Wii U.
Analysts predict that the Nintendo NX will launch in 2016 so it can gain traction well into next year. As for an official reveal, insiders claim the Nintendo may unveil the NX this month, with a major showcase planned for E3 2016.
For more info on the NX, check below for a compiled list of everything we've heard so far.
- The NX won't have a disc drive, and games will be on cartridges
- Nintendo NX's controller is a combination Wii U gamepad and mobile 3DS handheld, can be used for on-the-go gaming
- The NX will be tethered to My Nintendo and allow users to track high-scores and record replays to share on the service
- Nintendo's NX will support new engines like Frostbite, Unreal Engine 4, and Unity
- The controllers could be fully virtual and have no buttons