Rumor: Nintendo Distributing NX Dev Kits

News came out today from Wall Street Journal suggesting that Nintendo is sending out NX developer kits to third party developers as well as some general, but vague information about the system. This includes that Nintendo is striving to put “industry-leading” chips into the NX as well as the NX dev kit coming with both a home console and a mobile unit.

First, could “industry-leading” chips include something as powerful as an equivalent to a GTX 980/980 ti/Titan X or maybe a Radeon  R9 390X/Fury? For those unfamiliar with this PC hardware, they are the current “industry leading” graphics cards for gaming PCs. If Nintendo were to include a GPU in the NX similar to any of these, it would be substantially more powerful than the Xbox One and PS4 as well as being 4K capable. Of course, this speculation is only for the home console version of the NX. It is also said that Nintendo took criticism to heart on how under-powered the Wii U was.

Second, the NX dev kit is sent out with both a home console and a mobile unit. If this is true, it confirms the current speculation that the NX is both a home console and a handheld system. What are the differences between them? How easy is it to port game from one to the other? How capable are both systems? The questions are endless.

If Nintendo is sending out dev kits of the NX, what does this mean for the Wii U and 3DS? Well, I personally think that if Nintendo is sending these out already, in correlation with suspected manufacturing of NX to begin this month, I think it is safe to assume that all leads point to a 2016 release for the NX. If the NX is set to release next year, I don’t think we will see any more big announcements for Wii U or 3DS, but rather, see them phase out with developers taking their focus to the NX instead.

What do you think? Do you think the NX will launch in 2016? Do you think it will include top-end hardware? Are you more interested in the home console or the portable system? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Wall Street Journal

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