Nintendo NX Could Come with Support for Smartphones, PCs and even Rival Consoles
Nintendo NX, the upcoming console from the Japanese company, is alleged to work with smartphones, PCs and even rival consoles like the PlayStation 4. The report comes from an industry insider David Gibson (via Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki), though he didn’t clarify as to what he exactly meant by this statement, so we can only guess at the moment.
The first thing that comes to our mind is an In-Home Streaming feature, like the one offered by both Xbox One and PS4. Nintendo may build an app for mobile devices and PC, allowing users to stream their games on other devices, or the company could give an option to players to use their smartphones with the NX console.
Back in June of last year, AMD announced that they had gained a third semi-custom SoC contract, which is believed to be a new console deal. Considering one of the major problems with Nintendo’s Wii U currently is the lack of 3rd party support, partly due to the fact that the device doesn’t use an x86 CPU, the new NX is likely to have console SoC from AMD.
Additionally, Nintendo in September had joined the Khronos Group as a Contributor Member. Which could grant it access to the Vulkan API, and given the Vulkan is based on AMD’s Mantle API, the chipmaker’s third semi-custom SoC contract with Nintendo makes a lot of sense.
Nintendo also recently patented an idea of an upgradable console that can have its computing power enhanced by an external supplemental device. Perhaps the company plans on implementing this idea into its upcoming NX console which may allow gamers to play at a higher resolution and framerate through the supplemental computing device. But right now, it’s just a patent, and could never see the light of day.