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Nintendo NX is Portable Console With Detachable Controllers, Uses Nvidia Tegra Tech

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A couple of new Nintendo NX rumors have surfaced, potentially shedding more light on how the console functions and the chip that powers it.

Unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, both of which use an AMD chip, Nintendo’s next console will likely employ Nvidia’s Tegra X1, which can also be found in the Shield Android TV console and the Google Pixel C tablet.

The Tegra X1 has lower processor power than the PS4 and Xbox One’s chips, but it can nevertheless run games in 4K and at 60fps. Moreover, the fact that it’s designed to be a mobile GPU and CPU combo means it uses its power more efficiently.

According to multiple sources that spoke with Eurogamer, Nintendo chose the Tegra X1 because the NX is a mobile gaming machine. Another source revealed in a Digital Foundry report that the console plugs into a base station like a conventional home console but features handheld side-mounted controls that can be detached and used as “individual pads for two-player gameplay.”

Digital Foundry’s report specifically stated:

“It’s a fully integrated mobile games machine you can plug into an HDTV, as opposed to a console with a semi-portable gaming component, bolstered with a unique ‘go anywhere’ take on local multiplayer.”

Being a portable console with its own display, the NX will make use of game cartridges similar to Nintendo 3DS but will presumably allow gamers to digitally download content. Nintendo reportedly “recommends” a 32GB cartridge, which seems rather small.

The Japanese video game giant didn’t comment on the legitimacy of the information provided by the sources, telling Eurogamer that official announcements regarding the NX would be revealed at a later date.

The Nintendo NX is scheduled to release in March 2017. How do you imagine it will turn out?

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