Nintendo NX Recent Specs and Rumors
We finally have a little bit more information on Nintendo’s newest console in progress, the NX. An official survey by Nintendo shows that the games will run at 900p and 60 frames per second but will also be capable of 4K Ultra HD video streaming. Even with the HD streaming games will run at 1080p, tops. This is only a survey and information is liable to change.
The NX is a major upgrade compared to the Wii and Wii U. For example, the graphics will be able to compete with the PS4. Nintendo has been in a bit of a financial bind, but is definitely making a comeback.
According to Neogaf.com, the CPU may be 15 - 30% stronger than the PS4. The NX will include an AMD GPU and between 6GB and 8GB of RAM. The NX system may also be passed on to the Android operating system. This rumor is based off the fact that Nintendo is working with DeNa, a mobile gaming platform company that started Miitomo. Amiibo will most likely still be supported, as the Amiibo are the one thing that have consistently kept sales up since their release.
Besides the late Satoru Iwata's statement, there hasn’t been much information about the NX.
“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand new concept under the development codename ‘NX’. It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”
We were told that we would get more information at E3 2016. Nintendo decided to share some specs before E3. The company has decided to make announcements through Nintendo Direct, an online video stream.
*Warning: All rumors are speculation until further knowledge is presented by Nintendo Direct or E3*
The release date is a bit fuzzy
There are two potential release dates: the first release date was thought to happen in 2017, but, it may be earlier for financial reasons. It could be as early as Christmas of 2016.
Pricing covers a wide range
The price is still unclear. However, judging from the past prices of the Wii and Wii U it could be around the $299 mark or higher. The Wii U costs $300, the Wii originally costed $250 and the GameCube’s original price was $200.
Nintendo is all about being family friendly, so the prices and specs reflect that. Nintendo isn’t super worried about their graphics cards or streaming apps. These things help to keep the price down. However with the NX, it may costs up to $400 because of the new specs they are putting in it.
The Major Functions of the NX
A rumor that has been circulating since the mention of the NX is that it will be an at home and handheld gaming system.
The Wii U Zelda game may never appear for the Wii U but could be around for the NX. Also, Unreal Engine 4 may be used to create a few third party games. A few independent coders have created game demos to provide a taste of what Nintendo titles would look like with Unreal Engine 4. A new Mario is expected to grace the NX with a title like Mario Sunshine.
It's more than likely that Super Smash Bros will come out on the NX, but there is no word on whether or not you can play with Wii U gamers.
Mario Maker is a maybe because Nintendo is having a hard time figuring out how to transfer player data, and some courses could be lost in the process. It's same deal with Splatoon. They're having a hard time making it a cross platform game.
It seems the NX will be as visually pleasing, graphics wise, as the PS4 and Xbox One. Updates coming soon!