Nintendo originally disclosed they were working on a new console, code-named “Nintendo NX” during a press conference back in March 2015. Recently, Nintendo released a trailer announcing that it’s next console is called the Nintendo Switch and will be launching in March 2017.
More details on the Nintendo NX ‘switch’ launch including its official release date and also pricing, will be announced during a press event in Tokyo on January 12th, 2017. Until then, this article will be frequently updated with all the information we find on the Nintendo NX console so stay tuned.
Will the Nintendo NX have a touchscreen?
Much like Nintendo’s previous console control scheme, players will be controlling games with two control sticks and face buttons. However, the Nintendo Switch may also support touch controls using a touchscreen and an infrared cursor to simulate touch-style controls.
The Nintendo NX is rumored to feature a multitouch screen using capacitive technology instead of resistive like the Wii U, DS, and 3DS use. The touchscreen will support up to 10 touch points -presumably to allow the use of all fingers at any time, 720p resolution and a 6.2 inches display.
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How powerful is the Nintendo NX?
Not long after Nintendo announced the Switch, Nvidia had announced that the new console will feature a custom version of their Tegra chipset. The Nintendo Switch gaming experience is supported by fully customized software, including new libraries, advanced game tools, and a revamped physics engine. Here’s a snippet from Nvidia’s blog relating to the Nintendo NX Tegra chipset.
“The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries, Nvidia additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.”
It’s been reported that the Nintendo NX will hold the Tegra X1 chip, the same chipset powering the Nvidia Shield console. Other reports, however, argue that the Switch will feature the upcoming Nvidia custom Tegra X2 chip, which will use the same Pascal GPU architecture currently used in Nvidia’s flagship video cards such as the GTX 1000 series and the GTX Titan X. However, with no official announcement of Nvidia’s Tegra X2 just yet, there’s no telling how powerful the chip may end up being.
Nintendo insider, Emily Rogers, announced via Twitter that the Switch system will only include 4GB of RAM. Game file sizes will, fortunately, be much smaller than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 counterparts. With each proprietary cartridge containing a minimum 16GB capacity, Nintendo is recommending developers to fit their games onto a 32GB card.
Nintendo NX games and developer support
After unveiling the Switch console, Nintendo released sneak peeks of developers currently making software for the console. Unfortunately, the majority of developers have not yet revealed too much about what projects they’ll be bringing to the Nintendo NX. Games shown so far in the trailer are Mario Kart Switch, Splatoon Switch and of course The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Back in April this year, Nintendo had confirmed that its upcoming Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, will be released simultaneously on both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U in spring 2017. The difference between the two platforms will be hardly noticeable which is a positive. Eiji Aonuma, Zelda series producer explained in a discussion with GameSpot.
“The users will be able to have the same experience with the NX version as they will with the Wii U version.”
Just Dance 2017
During Ubisoft’s E3 2016 press conference in June, they had announced that Just Dance 2016, the next game of its Rhythm dance series will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The first ever Just Dance title debuted exclusively on the Nintendo Wii back in 2009. Here’s what Alain Corre, Executive Director of Ubisoft’s EMEA division had to say about their upcoming Just Dance title on the Nintendo NX:
“We have always appreciated the relationship with Nintendo, the co-creation and the fact that they are really concentrating on quality, we have done a lot of products and successes with Nintendo in the past, and we believe that the NX will recapture a lot of lapsed Wii players.
VR support on the Nintendo Switch?
Hardware supply chain blog Digitimes had reported that the Nintendo Switch may feature virtual reality support. This report claims that Nintendo has delayed the mass production of the Switch to further incorporate an unknown form of VR functionality.
The possibility of the Switch supporting a VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC seems very unlikely to some. Nintendo blogger Emily Rogers strongly suggested that the Switch hardware will be very similar to the Xbox One, which is simply not capable of supporting a competitive VR device.
On the other hand, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has mentioned VR during an interview with Bloomberg about the Nintendo NX console.
“If you ask us whether there are any possibilities, we can’t say no,” he said. “It may be that we will build VR software titles, I think that opportunity is available to us.”
The highly anticipated Nintendo hybrid console NX “Switch” will be coming March 2017. Keep checking back for continuously updated information as more is revealed.