Rumor: Nintendo NX Not a Direct Competitor to PS4 Neo, Won’t Use x86 Architecture
Early last month, a rumor surfaced on Reddit, which suggested that Nintendo’s upcoming new console, the Nintendo NX, would use x86 architecture and a custom 14nm AMD Polaris-like GPU. The graphics chip inside the Nintendo NX was rumored to be 2x more powerful than the current PS4’s GPU. Well these rumors are now debunked by a trusted Nintendo insider, Emily Rogers who says they “are all wacky.”
Recently, Rogers took to her blog and stated the Nintendo NX won’t be using x86 architecture, and that any reports claiming the still secretive platform will be powered by AMD’s Polaris chip are in fact, incorrect.
After speaking to seven different people this week, I can say with confidence that this is false. NX is not using x86 architecture like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The NX has special, custom-made chips and the overall design of the hardware is very modern.
The chips are industry leading because they are very modern chips, but having modern chips doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo is aiming to create the most powerful hardware on the market. Furthermore, any NX rumors on “Polaris chips” and “Polaris architecture” are all wacky. There’s a good reason why those rumors are wacky.
Rogers also talked about the “raw power” of the NX, saying it should be much closer to the performance of the Xbox One, than the PlayStation 4. Reports claiming the NX’s GPU is twice as powerful as PS4’s are misleading, she said, adding, based on what she had heard, the NX won’t compete directly with the next-gen PS4 Neo.
But everything that I’ve heard (so far) indicates that NX isn’t going to blow away any of the consoles on the market today…except for Wii U.
The Nintendo NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017.
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