Seems like all the earlier rumors that speculated Nintendo NX to be a hybrid device had some form of legitimacy. Nintendo’s upcoming new gaming platform is said to be a portable handheld device that comes with its own display, detachable controllers, and utilizes cartridges.
According to a new report by Eurogamer, “a number of [unnamed] sources” have confirmed that the hardware functions like your average handheld device on the go. However, at home, the NX can be plugged into a television set to game on the big screen. Here’s where the detachable controllers come into play, with two ports on each side of the display.
That being said, the NX is said to function as a handheld device first and a home console after. In terms of performance, the new platform is said to be more powerful than the last-generation consoles (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) but fails to trump current-generation consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The report further states that the Nintendo NX will be using a proprietary operating system designed by Nintendo itself. This is against previous rumors that suggest the console would be powered by Android.
Furthermore, there are strong reports that the NX will bring back the era of cartridges as its physical media of choice. Nintendo has seemingly created a new storage device that can store up to 32 GB of data. That’s a bit less when compared with titles on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One where they can take up to 50 GB on average. It’s likely that there’s going to be a bit of digital downloads involved as post-release updates.
Due to the nature of the console, the Nintendo NX will have no support for backwards compatibility and neither does Nintendo plan to add that later on.
Following long rumors, Nintendo finally announced NX in March last year. We’ve yet to see the hardware itself being revealed. The company is now rumored to be planning an official unveiling in September, where it will also detail the launch lineup for the console.