Why Nintendo NX Will Be Better Than PS4 Pro And Xbox Project Scorpio

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Rumors currently suggest that the Nintendo NX could compete with the likes of the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One Scorpio. However, the console is coming from the company that got things horribly wrong with the Wii U. So let’s a have a look at what, if anything, is fueling these rumors to try to work out if it’s even possible.

Mobile/console hybrid

It seems that even though Nintendo has officially said nothing about the NX, many seem confident that it will be some kind of mobile/console hybrid: one that can be used while out and about and also at home plugged into a TV.

I believe these rumors are fueled by patent images which were released/leaked a few months ago. These images show what is supposed to be the Nintendo NX; the patent was originally filed by Nintendo in 2014 and then updated on August 16, 2016 to show that users can swap out D-pads, buttons, and analog sticks.

Nintendo NX powered by Tegra X2

It was not long ago that people thought the Nintendo NX would be powered by a dedicated mobile chip. However, while there has been no official word, this has now become a defunct rumor. Instead, the talk is now about the Tegra X2 chip from NVIDIA. In late August, wiiudaily.com published a report which talked about sources close to the Nintendo NX having leaked information about the chip.

We don’t know how powerful the chip is. However, it is said that if the Nintendo NX gets the chip, it will be as powerful as the PS4. The Tegra X2 is said to have the same four Cortex A57 cores as the X1 but two extra Denver2 cores. They will reportedly support the Pascal architecture seen on higher-end PCs in graphics cards like the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070.

The only other substantial information we’ve heard about the NVIDIA Tegra X2 is that it has a 16-nanometer design. It could be this, along with the Denver2 cores, which make the Nintendo NX a formidable piece of technology.

Nintendo NX dimensions leaked

Nothing has been officially confirmed about the dimensions of the hybrid device, but a leak claims to offer the first detailed dimensions of the NX dev-kit. The leak came via Let’s Play Video Games and a source who is reportedly working on a title for the Nintendo NX.

Apparently, the leaker told LPVG that the NX will be slightly thicker than the Nintendo 3DS XL when folded and have a width of 281mm, thickness of 25mm and height of 92mm.

Pokemon CEO stokes Nintendo NX fire

In a recent interview, Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara told The Wall Street Journal that his company will make NX games.

While this can not be seen as a confirmation of the console’s existence, it is interesting. Pokemon games have almost always been produced for Nintendo’s handheld devices, not consoles. So this could mean that Ishihara is implying that the Nintendo NX is closer to being a handheld device than a console.

Region Free Nintendo NX

Another rumor suggests the NX will be a region-free device, meaning that users will be able to buy and play games from any country in the world. This rumor comes from polygon.com and goes against practices used by Nintendo in the past. With the Wii U and Game Cube, users were only able to play games from a particular region.

Could the Nintendo NX be a unique alternative?

For all the problems Nintendo had with the Wii U, it did get something right. At one point, the Wii was the clear market leader way ahead of the PS3 and Xbox 360, and that was even though the console was not anywhere near as powerful as its competitors.

Currently Sony and Microsoft are fighting it out for basically the same audience, apart from VR. However, Nintendo has for years proved itself to have a much wider appeal that crosses generations. If the company can get the key ingredients right (price, chip, and interesting launch titles), maybe the console will have a shot. Many think that the NX needs to be priced below $300 to have a chance of taking on the more powerful consoles.

Final thoughts

Will the Nintendo NX be better than the PS4 Pro? That depends on what you want from it. If it’s pure power, the device is unlikely to be able to compete with the PlayStation, even with a Tegra X2 chip. From what is known about the Xbox Project Scorpio, it will be even more powerful than the Sony console. So on the power front, the answer is no.

However, if you want child- and family-friendly titles, and the much-talked-about mobility, the fact that the PS4 Pro sits underneath or beside a TV could be a deal-breaker. So on that point, if everything we know about the NX is true, it could be a winner.

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About the Author

Darren Wall
Darren is a proud father of two and a dedicated mobile technology writer from the UK. He's been writing about all things mobile, wearable, apps and anything else tech related for many years now for various sites all over the world.

11 Comments on "Why Nintendo NX Will Be Better Than PS4 Pro And Xbox Project Scorpio"

  1. yea me too, just don’t want Nintendo ending like sega, for me they have the best controllers I’ve every play since those generations and right now I use my wii u pro controller on the computer to play pc video games too, make like it feels like i’m playing on a Nintendo system, also some games on my NVidia shield tablet k1 (android games that support controllers).

  2. I have alot of faith in Nintendo and they have been very secretive about this hybrid console. Makes me excited because it must be something new and different.That is the reason I buy their products. I want to play a game thats different. I think they know that as well, since they have started making games for mobile devices. Good idea to get people interested in their main console as well. Will they win the race? I dont know but I think it will make a lot money for them.

  3. me too, but Nintendo has to realized that 3rd parties and newer generation of gamers like eye-candy graphics. I love Nintendo, but don’t want them to end up like sega.

  4. I dont really care about specs but good games and the reason I like Nintendo they make good games. I would play a game with 16 bit graphics if it was good…

  5. Anthony Kenneth Steele | Sep 21, 2016, 4:31 pm at 4:31 pm |

    I have a Gear Vr myself and If I could use it to replace my desktop pc I would. I can’t really put it into words how cool it is. Games to note are Tactera, darkdays and end space.

  6. Ummm get it right.. the NX may just be better than the Wii U but not better than an Xbox Scorpio or PS4. Even when they still had the Mini Wii lingering on after the Wii U was released people still didn’t buy it. Nintendo may be family friendly but the world is changing now to where kids get bored with it. The NX may just be more successful than the Wii U. But in my opinion I had a Wii U and the games I played I enjoyed. The Wii U was good and unique it just didn’t have many of the AAA games that pro gamers was playing on PS3 and xbox 360. And lacked power and hard drive space, 32GB for $349 was nuts. The lack of power is what turned the Pro gamers away. I wanted to play Deus Ex Human Revolution and whatever NEW zelda on it but there were tons of delays. And tons of Zelda HD redos.

  7. Maybe I just don’t know the right people. I still don’t know anyone who has it or intends to buy one. I still can’t see it as anything but a gimmick. Actually, it’s interesting that usually people accuse Nintendo of being gimmicky. Now, I see Sony going with a gimmick.

  8. On the contrary the VR thing is pretty cool.. someone just has to get one.. I bought one and everyone I show it to loves it.. it depends on the one you get.. some folks are cheap and gets the Google cardboard or those aftermarket. Nothing beats Samsung VR as far as beginner VR. But with Sony making one for PS4. Its gonna be 100times better. Dont forget how huge Oculus and Vive is.

  9. I don’t think this VR thing is going to last very long. I don’t know a single person who bought or intends to buy a VR set. It’s just a gimmick. It’s still in it’s “novelty stage”, but it will eventually die out.

  10. Anthony Kenneth Steele | Sep 21, 2016, 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    Nintendo should be leading the vr race. It was as though they have been leaning towards it with their wii controllers and such. I would be surprised if they don’t build upon what they did with the wii u.

  11. I hope so. hopefully NVidia tegra x2 is powerful enough to be close to or a bit over ps4 specs. as for Nintendo nx, do wish that is as strong as the ps4 pro in a portable device and hopefully people and 3rd party developers support it in the long run.

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