Nintendo has been rather tight-lipped about its upcoming NX console, but it’s clearly in the works, as the company has now distributed a software development kit for it. According to The Wall Street Journal, this means Nintendo’s NX could hit the market as early as next year. Some analysts agree, noting that the “softness” of Nintendo’s two big flagships, the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS (all of its various versions), suggest Nintendo could use a hardware hit. A Nintendo spokesperson, however, told the paper that we shouldn’t expect details until next year. Currently, rumors suggest that the device will be a gaming console, but that it’ll also have some kind of mobile device that could either be used as a controller for the console or as a mobile device. It’s also likely that Nintendo’s new console will use what the Journal described as “industry-leading chips.” That’s important, since Nintendo’s consoles are typically viewed as underperforming and graphically inferior compared to competing consoles from Microsoft and Sony. If Nintendo closes the gap and releases a console with games that look just as good as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, it could perhaps help Nintendo court gamers and developers alike. That said, earlier rumors indicated that the Nintendo NX might be able to run games at a maximum resolution of 900p—still below the graphical capabilities of the Xbox One and PS4, which can both output games at a full 1080p. And that gap will only grow if either Microsoft or… [Read full story]
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