Nintendo’s new mystery platform is causing quite a stir among the gaming community, is it going to match the sales of the extremely successful Wii? Or is it going to meet the same disappointing underrated fate that the Wii U received?
With nobody but Nintendo knowing much about the console, it is also leaving the question of whether the code named NX will match the performance and popularity of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With Nintendo patenting an idea for a new home console, could it be for the upcoming NX?[divider]What we know[/divider]
First of all we know that the console will not be out anytime soon.
With the recent death of Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata, he announced earlier this year that “it is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year”.
Iwata also announced that the NX will not be a replacement for any of Nintendo’s mainstream consoles including the Wii U and 3DS family. It will be ‘a dedicated video game platform with a brand new concept’.
It is unknown what OS the NX will run but a Nintendo spokesperson has denied rumours that the console will run Android. It will most likely be developed from scratch by Nintendo. A big hardware feature found in the patent plans is that the console will not include an optical disk drive, there is a possibility that this could change but at the moment it looks as if the NX will be completely digital based.
With the NX being described as more of a platform than a console, this means that there may be multiple consoles, they would all run the same software and similar hardware. Following the new partnership between Nintendo and DeNA, it was admitted by the Japanese giants that they will be moving into the mobile games market also, this could be hints towards a new handheld completely different to the 3DS family.
Even though we don’t know a lot about the NX, certain retailers are already accepting pre-orders for it. It may be a little bit early but if somebody wants their NX on release day, then why not?[divider]Verdict[/divider]
The NX is shaping up to be a potentially revolutionary platform, if Nintendo pulls it off that is.
Whilst it doesn’t look like the NX will be a powerhouse like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, it does look like it will appeal to a variety of users with the different choice of consoles. As always the Nintendo exclusives such as Mario or Zelda will help the sale of the NX. The lack of an optical disk drive could potentially be a deal breaker, some users will love it and others will hate it but Nintendo are taking a step in the right direction with this step though, game consoles such as Steam machines lack an optical drive and also rely on downloads and it is extremely efficient.
This means that there will be a wider variety of game availability. This must also mean that the NX platform will ship with large capacity storage so that there is plenty of room for a Nintendo games library. Only time will tell as predictions think that the NX will be out in summer of 2016, there is no definite news yet though.