New details have leaked concerning Nintendo’s NX console that claim it will be handheld device that can plug into a TV docking station and be used like a regular home console. Unfortunately, it appears that this may limit the system’s capabilities when it comes to overall performance.
Eurogamer, which claims to have heard from several reliable sources, is reporting that the handheld will handle the central processing and that a TV docking station would only provide an external display and no extra power. According to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, this would mean that the NX will outperform a PS3 or Xbox 360, but be less powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo’s pitch for the console is “take your games with you on the go,” and considering the company has never put much focus on raw graphical power with its gaming hardware, it’s not exactly a surprise to hear that the NX won’t be competing with other consoles — let alone gaming PCs — on the graphical front, something that sources are also reporting to Eurogamer. Although if the NX doesn’t outperform the Wii U at the very least, that’s sure to create some negative buzz for the device.
Digital Foundry is also reporting from a second — though less reliable — source that the NX could use the upcoming Tegra X2 processor to make up for this performance deficiency. However, the X2 is pretty much an unknown quantity at this point, so there’s no way of knowing just how much of a difference its implementation could make.
Another rumor being reported is that the NX will have two detachable controllers on the side for home play. It will also use cartridges instead of discs and not support backwards compatibility. An official unveliing is expected to take place in September, coinciding with the Tokyo Game Show.