Multiple sources close to Eurogamer are saying the Nintendo NX will be a high-powered portable console that can connect to your TV for big screen gaming when at home.
The console is rumoured to run on Nvidia’s Tegra mobile processor, with development kits said to be running on the Tegra X1 chip which has seen use in the Shield Android TV console and the Google Pixel C tablet.
According to an in-depth report by Digital Foundry, the NX “is a mobile games machine, albeit one with a twist - principally that the unit can plug into a base station that transforms it into something more akin to a conventional console… at a really basic level, NX is effectively a reversal of the Wii U GamePad concept.”
Earlier rumours had suggested cartridges were the physical media of choice for the NX after it was spotted that upcoming Zelda title Breath of the Wild’s trademarks covered cartridge-based games, although digital downloads are also likely to be supported.
Nintendo is apparently suggesting developers use 32GB cartridges.
Changing from a disc to cartridge-based system means that backwards compatibility is not likely to be a feature of the NX, however there are reports that certain Wii U games could receive updated NX ports.
Nintendo refused to confirm or deny the latest hearsay regarding their next console, but reports suggest the company will be officially unveiling the NX in September.
The Nintendo NX is planned for release in March 2017.
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