Nintendo NX : Wall Street Journal Weighs in With More Leaked Info
There is a lot of hype surrounding the Nintendo NX. It is also being dubbed as a gaming console. But let us look into the depths of the situation here. What we have is a powerful tablet that can attach to a display. That is it. The device is aimed at high-speed gaming at 900p which is not much as compared to console standards. So is the Nintendo NX a gaming console? I think not.
What you have here is a hybrid handheld device that can be connected to a bigger display. A huge issue here is that will the resolution be locked at 900p or will there be a different resolution for a bigger display? One question that has been bugging everyone about the upcoming Nintendo NX.
What we have here then is a tablet with detachable controllers that will most probably be wireless if you are going to use them when you go for the bigger display.
Even though it is powered by Nvidia Tegra and it is rumored to come with an AMD Polaris GPU, I still do not see this as a console. Consoles today are powerful enough to achieve 1080p.
The Nintendo NX is coming out in March 2017. Next year we will also be seeing Project Scorpio which is claimed to run games at 4K. So next gen consoles will be blowing the Nintendo NX out of the water. Keeping all this in mind I believe that we are all better off calling the Nintendo NX a handheld hybrid instead of a console.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
“The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear, People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use.”
No one really knows that what Nintendo NX will be exactly. These are all speculations and until the real thing comes out no one can be sure about what the device will be. I personally think that it would be wrong to call it a console and that it is more of a handheld device instead.
The company also talked about their interest in VR and that they are working on getting there.
“I heard VR was a hot topic at E3, so I went to check it out. It was on display, but it wasn’t what I expected. We’re also researching VR, so we have the core technology. Long play sessions are an issue. We want to release something that can be played for long periods, carries value, and is affordable. We want parents to feel at ease.”
With all this said and done I do not believe that this device on its own will be able to keep up with VR. We will see how Nintendo brings VR onto the table if there will ever be such a thing.