Eurogamer has gotten their hands on some juicy details on the Nintendo NX. Surprisingly, it is basically what everyone expects it to be.
The NX will be a portable console that can be connected to a TV. The way it works is like this: The portable console is made up of a screen in the middle of two controller sections (No actual pictures of the unit are available, but my guess is something like the PlayStation Vita). These two controller sections can detach from the portable console, and then the console can be placed inside of a dock connected to a TV. Voilà, the portable console is now a home console.
While the exact power of the system is still a mystery, we do know that the NX will use NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, which is used in mobile devices. It sounds as if Nintendo is not aiming for the graphical quality offered by the PS4 or Xbox One, so that the system can be portable. Because of the different hardware, the NX will not be backwards compatible with the Wii U.
Since the primary system is portable, the NX will be cartridge based like the DS rather than disk based. A memory size problem might come up with some games, as Nintendo wants developers to use 32 GB cartridges. As most people will probably know, games nowadays usually require more space than that.
The rumor that the NX was delayed for VR is probably untrue, as no mention of VR was reported by Eurogamer.
The official NX reveal is apparently scheduled for September, while the launch is still going to be in March 2017.
I have always thought that the NX would be a successor to the 3DS rather than the Wii U. In fact, I would not be surprised if Nintendo launched a proper home console within the next 3 years.
Riley Berry is an Associate Writer for MONG who is dangerously close to buying a Wii U. You can follow him and his poor use of money on Twitter.