It sounds as if the reports of a hybrid mobile/home console from Nintendo just might be true.Â EurogamerÂ reports the Nintendo NX will be a portable console with detachable controllers that can also be hooked up to your HDTV for in-house action.
The publication claims several sources have told them that the hybrid console is currently under development at the House of Mario. Reports claim the console will be aimed squarely at the mainstream gaming fan, and thatÂ â€œitâ€™s going to be cheaper than even the vast majority expect.â€
Nintendo is apparently planning to unveil the machine in September with a pretty simple marketing message â€“ you can take your games with you on the go.
The console will reportedly use theÂ Nvidia Tegra processor, the same one usedÂ in Nvidiaâ€™s Android Shield console. The processor choice indicates nintendo doesn’t plan to go head to head with the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to speed and graphics, but instead will promote the unit’s portability and “anytime, anywhere” gaming capabilities.
Multiple sources indicate games will come on cartridges, and will also likely be available as digital downloads. At least one source indicates the console’s hardware design and internal technology will not offer backwards compatibility with the Wii or the Wii U. There are also rumblings that the system will run an entirely new operating system developed in-house at Nintendo, and won’t as early reports indicated, run a flavor of Android.
“Nintendo has not made any new official announcements regarding NX which is due to launch in March 2017,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer when contacted about the rumors. “As such [we’re] unable to comment on the various rumours and speculations circulating.”