Rumor: Mario Kart for Switch brings a mix of old and new. — November 16, 2016
Rumor: Breath of the Wild will not be released in March. — November 14, 2016
Some Brief Thoughts on Nintendo’s Switch – Part One of Two — October 22, 2016
I asked SuperMetalDave64 why he disagrees with my NX rumors. — October 8, 2016
Rumor: What should we expect from the final NX product? — September 2, 2016
Here’s a recap of NX Hardware details — August 31, 2016
Email 8.27.2016: The big question about resolution. — August 27, 2016
NX Hardware Round-Up (Rumors, Reports, Speculation, Quotes) — July 31, 2016
Stop putting words into Satoru Iwata’s Mouth — July 30, 2016
So about NX… — May 13, 2016

So about NX…

On April 4th, 2016, there was a Reddit rumor claiming that NX was using x86 architecture. Reddit’s moderators verified the post, and this gave the rumor some legitimacy.

x86 architecture

After speaking to seven different people this week, I can say with confidence that this is false. NX is not using x86 architecture like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The NX has special, custom-made chips and the overall design of the hardware is very modern. The chips are industry leading because they are very modern chips, but having modern chips doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo is aiming to create the most powerful hardware on the market. Furthermore, any NX rumors on “Polaris chips” and “Polaris architecture” are all wacky. There’s a good reason why those rumors are wacky.

In terms of raw power, numerous sources tell me that NX is much closer to Xbox One than PlayStation 4. Even that might be stretching it a tiny bit. Anyone who is claiming that NX is “two times the power of PS4 GPU” is being misled by their sources. Based on what I’ve heard, I don’t believe the NX will compete directly with PS4 (Neo) / PS4K in raw power.

There will be plenty of debates over the NX’s specs because it’s not simple to directly compare two apples (with x86 architecture) to an orange (that doesn’t use x86 architecture). But everything that I’ve heard (so far) indicates that NX isn’t going to blow away any of the consoles on the market today…except for Wii U.