Another week and another new batch of rumours, so if you would rather stay out of it, look away now. Or strap yourselves in and get comfy because it’s rumour time.
In today’s piece we have two big rumours to cover and since one of them comes from Emily Rodgers, let’s start with hers. In a new post on her site, she begins by reminding us of rumour that came to light on Reddit, back in April. The rumour came from Reddit user untypedhero who had gone on to write the following things:
- The NX will have x86 architecture.
- Backup data to a Nintendo Server, which he assumed would be My Nintendo.
- Support for additional screen.
- Can handle ports of current-gen games.
- Able to interact with smartphone apps.
- Using NX software will unlock My Nintendo reward points.
Rodgers shared untypedhero’s rumours as part of the blog before she went on to deny the NX having x86 architecture with the following argument:
Emily Rodgers: “After speaking to seven different people this week, I can say with confidence that this is false. NX is not using x86 architecture like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The NX has special, custom-made chips and the overall design of the hardware is very modern. The chips are industry leading because they are very modern chips, but having modern chips doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo is aiming to create the most powerful hardware on the market. Furthermore, any NX rumors on “Polaris chips” and “Polaris architecture” are all wacky. There’s a good reason why those rumors are wacky.
In terms of raw power, numerous sources tell me that NX is much closer to Xbox One than PlayStation 4. Even that might be stretching it a tiny bit. Anyone who is claiming that NX is “two times the power of PS4 GPU” is being misled by their sources. Based on what I’ve heard, I don’t believe the NX will compete directly with PS4 (Neo) / PS4K in raw power.
There will be plenty of debates over the NX’s specs because it’s not simple to directly compare two apples (with x86 architecture) to an orange (that doesn’t use x86 architecture). But everything that I’ve heard (so far) indicates that NX isn’t going to blow away any of the consoles on the market today…except for Wii U.”
From my perspective, I don’t believe the NX will be as powerful as most are trying to get us to believe. Will it be better than the Wii U? Yes. Will it be a console that will blow all the others out of the water? Probably not but that’s okay. Now we could stay on this subject a little longer, but we’ve still got the rumour of Nvidia Tegra chips for the NX handheld to cover as well.
According to SemiAccurate, who recently published a report to do with the NX handheld. I would share the entire thing they had to say, but given as how a subscription to SemiAccurate is required and I don’t yet have one, I can’t, but this is the information I can share: (It’s not a lot but it’s something)
“It’s new console time again and SemiAccurate brings you news of Nintendo’s NX silicon. If you recall our past guesses were pretty spot on and this time should be the same. You might also recall we made some pretty surprising calls on the console silicon front too, and this one will probably make most of you pick your jaw off the floor.”
SemiAccurate also went on to say that the Tegra chip is being implemented into the NX handheld and if it is true, although it would be a big deal, especially for Nvidia, the team behind the chip, it seems in the bargain that was apparently struck with Nintendo that Nintendo are the ones who came out looking better. Regardless of what SemiAccurate did have to say one this, it does contradict Rodger’s NX claims, and although one of them could very well be right, they could also just as easily be wrong.
Now at this point, we would just like to remind you that all that everything seen above is purely speculation, so until any of it is confirmed to be true by Nintendo (whenever they finally decide to let us in, or just drunk enough to spill all,) we advise you to only take from this what you will and in no way accept this as solid fact, whilst it is nothing more than rumours and rumblings and should you wish to get all caught up with all the rumours, you can find all our regarding rumours below:
This post was written by Solid Jack