Nintendo NX will be a console and a handheld set to release

first_imgThere have been a lot of rumors and speculation about Nintendo’s plans for their upcoming console, code named “NX.” While we still don’t have any official confirmation from Nintendo about what its next system will be, a new report sheds light on what to possibly expect.The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the NX will be both a console and a handheld that would effectively replace the Wii U and the 3DS. Much like the Wii U and its gamepad, the handheld could be used in conjunction with the NX. Unlike the gamepad, which could only be used in close proximity to the Wii U, the NX’s handheld device could be taken on the road and function independently.The report says that IHS Technology senior principal analyst Hiroshi Hayase expects “a small recovery in shipments of flat-panel displays for game devices because of Nintendo’s new game hardware expected to be released in 2016.” Hayase expects manufacturing of displays ranging from 3.1 to five inches will increase to 16.5 million units this year, which is up from 14.1 million units last year. Hayase doesn’t say which size screen Nintendo’s handheld will be, but he does state that it will be a standalone device.Last year, we reported on a patent Nintendo had for the NX’s controller. The design had a controller which was almost completely covered in a display, with grip handles, shoulder buttons, and two analog sticks. Instead of buttons, one would use touch controls by pressing on the area around the analog sticks. Though we don’t know if this is what the NX handheld will look like, it does give us some sort of clue as to what to expect.Regarding the console itself, the report says that Nintendo has begun to deliver a software development kit for the NX. This goes with reports that Nintendo is reaching out to other developers. The console will be using “industry-leading chips” to run it, hopefully putting it on par with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though it was earlier reported that the console may run games at 900p resolution.Nintendo has a long history of creating consoles and devices which are unique, and this latest report seems to suggest that the company will continue doing things in an unconventional manner. With both the Wii U and 3DS winding down, 2016 is the perfect time for Nintendo to release something brand new into the market. It will be interesting to see exactly what the company has in store and if those plans will enable them to gain some kind of foothold in the industry.last_img

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