Sounds like a politician doesn’t he? I mean he expertly took the question and spun it into something in which he could answer the question they way HE wanted (and the way I’m sure he was told to) rather than giving a direct answer such as, “No, the NX will not compete graphically with PS Neo or Project Scorpio” or, “Yes, the NX will compete with the PS Neo and Project Scorpio.” He answered in such a way that any interpretation pro or con can be made and is fair game. I’ve learned how to read between the lines and combine that with actual facts we do have. I’m sure most of you have as well. This is what I think is happening with the NX.
I think that the NX is an actual tablet device that will play NX games, 3DS games, and possibly Wii U games via the Virtual Console. It will be able to hook up to the TV for play in which you will have a regular controller. It will have the options of using a Supplemental Computing Device as well. Price? $199.99 – $249.99. Price variances due to with or without an SCD.
~ Back in 2013 it was announced that Nintendo would be combining it’s home console and portable console studios. Interesting.
~ Ever since January 2014 we have heard rumors about NX. Then it was called ‘Nintendo Fusion.’ Remember that?
Even then the rumors were about having some type of hybrid console/portable.
~ In December 2014, AMD CFO Devinder Kumar stated that AMD had won the designs for a customer(s) for a console to be revealed in 2016. The semi-custom chip design would incorporate an x86 chip and an ARM chip.
Note that Kumar stated one of the design wins would be for “beyond gaming.”
~ In 2015 after numerous denials and turn-downs to journalists and consumers asking if Nintendo would be interested in getting into mobile gaming, out of NOWHERE we saw Nintendo make the deal with DeNA and announce their intention to get into the mobile gaming market, but reassured consumers and investors that Nintendo was still working on a “dedicated gaming platform.” The reason why Nintendo had to reassure people that Nintendo was not getting out of the console business is because DeNA is a company the specializes in mobile portal, e-commerce, and mobile gaming.
Also interesting to note that Nintendo has a 10% stake in DeNA.
~ In September 2015 the Wall Street Journal reported that the NX would be using “industry leading chips.” SuperMetalDave64 got in contact with the person who wrote that article and he told him that tech demos were too strong to run on the PS4 and XB1 and needed high-end PCs to run them.
Around the same time we start hearing about AMD’s ‘Arctic Islands’ GPU architecture set to deploy in 2016 along with the Zen CPU.
~ Early this year rumors circulated about NX possibly being revealed as CES. The rumor attached to that was that the NX would be on-par with the XB1, output 900p/60fps gameplay, and stream 4K content. Then AMD reveals the formally named Arctic Islands GPU as ‘Polaris’. A powerful GPU that has extremely low power draw and low cost.
~ We hear more rumors about the NX possibly only being on-par with the XB1 from Emily Rogers.
It’s seems like some of these rumors are contradicting each other, but this is where it all comes together.
~ AMD has already forecast revenue to be high in there fiscal year ending in March 2017 because of the design win from a “customer.”
~ Macronix, a company that designs flash rom chips also has forecast heavy profits going in the fiscal year.
~ GameStop has come out publicly and stated that they expect the NX to be successful.
~ Ubisoft has done the same thing and they are confident Nintendo will regain the Wii crowd. Where did the Wii crowd go?
Reggie pretty much said that Nintendo is going back to the “blue-ocean” strategy by saying they are NOT going into the red-ocean with Microsoft and Sony. I think Nintendo is going after the casuals again, but instead of trying to entice casuals to come back like they did with the Wii U, they are going to where the casual actually ARE which is the mobile market, while at the same time allowing the console to be powerful enough to have games that rival Microsoft and Sony and architecture that is friendly to 3rd party developers.
The people that keep insisting that the NX is only as powerful as the XB1 don’t understand how the Polaris architecture works. For instance, on paper the cheapest card is the Polaris 11 (RX 460.) Technically the GPU in the PS4 is more powerful, but because of the performance-to-watt ratio of the RX 460 it can outperform the GPU in the PS4 only using 75 watts of power and that is perfect for a portable console which obviously needs low power draw. I suggest checking out Youtuber AdoredTV as he explains in detail on how the Polaris GPU works. Pretty much everything he has been saying for months has come to pass.
Lastly, just a week or so ago AMD revealed it’s new Supplemental computing device. It literally is a box that you can hook up to a laptop via a USB and switch out the GPU for more powerful ones at your desire. Remember the SCD patent from Nintendo?
The RX 460 will retail for about $149.99. So for Nintendo if they choose to use this card buying this in bulk it will be far cheaper which means for us it also will keep the price of the NX down. Even if they go with a Polaris Pro (RX 470) it still would be very low power draw and inexpensive.
Doesn’t it make sense that a mobile device with a Polaris GPU could pull off 900p/60FPS gameplay while being able to stream 4K out to a TV? We know that Polaris cards are designed for cross-fire and two RX 480 cards in cross-fire mode can come close to the performance of a GTX 1080 for far less money. Doesn’t it make sense that combined with the SCD (which could be another Polaris card) that the NX would easily be able to match that of Neo and Scorpio? Just a thought.
Someone might say, “Well, how can you play the more intense core games on a touch-screen interface.” Well this patent comes to mind.
Now don’t let that troll-job earlier this year throw you off. This is an official Nintendo patent. That doesn’t mean that the NX controller will look EXACTLY like this. Very rarely do artist’s renderings in patents match that of a final product.
So all the pieces are in place for what I think NX is. I could be (and probably am) completely wrong, but this seems like the direction Nintendo is going. I’m not EXPECTING this to happen because it makes too much sense and Nintendo loves to try to fit the proverbial square peg into the round hole, but it is a possibility. When it comes to Nintendo, I like to quote the wrestler Sting.
“The only thing for sure, is that nothing’s for sure.”