Since we’re getting closer to NX’s big reveal — which is only a month or two away — I decided to round-up some NX hardware-related reports, rumors, speculation, and quotes over the past couple of years. It’s time-consuming to search for individual articles and quotes so I figured it would be useful if everything was just laid out in a single blog post where it’s easy to find.
(Side Note: This is only NX hardware related. Nothing software related)
Please enjoy this compilation of crap. I’m probably missing a few things so I may add more stuff to this post later.
July 27th, 2016 — MCV reports that NX will be cheaper than the vast majority expect, and the machine will target the mass market.
“Early online speculation about pricing for the NX expects it to be cheaper than current consoles, but from what we’ve heard it’s going to be cheaper than even the vast majority expect. This is a machine that is targeting the mass market, and Nintendo certainly plans for it to have a mass market price. Price is one Wii U mistake Nintendo is determined not to repeat. This could be NX’s single biggest win.” — MCV
April 29th, 2016 — Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima tells investors that NX won’t be launching as a loss leader.
Next, about cost, we aren’t thinking of the hardware being unprofitable. When the Wii U launched the exchange rate was that of a very strong yen, and so that we don’t have that kind of a situation again, launching as a loss-leader won’t be what makes up our business, so that’s how we’re progressing with NX development.
May 15th, 2016 — Kimishima tells Japanese newspaper that NX can’t sell at a loss.
“It’s true there is a certain expectation for the prices of Nintendo consoles,” Kimishima agreed. “Our developers put a lot into them, but we can not sell at a loss. The final price is determined by balancing these two conflicting ideas. I don’t believe it’s as simple as ‘because this is a new platform, we can make it more expensive.’”
June 23, 2015 — Shigeru Miyamoto admits to NPR that Wii U’s price was higher than they wanted.
“with our latest system, the Wii U, the price point was one that ended up getting a little higher than we wanted.” – Shigeru Miyamoto
July 7th, 2016 — Shigeru Miyamoto admits to investors that Wii U’s price was a problem.
“It is true that we are having a hard time with Wii U sales, due to its price and the added fact that tablets are distributed free of charge in the market.
March 23rd, 2015 — Satoru Iwata admitted that Wii U’s price was higher than they wanted due to exchange rates.
“I think, to be honest, we were in a difficult situation. Because for the home console our biggest market opportunity was in the overseas markets in the U.S. and Europe, but because of the valuation of the yen and the exchange rates into dollars and euro, it made it a difficult proposition for us to capitalize on that, because of the cost that we were forced to sell the system at.” — Satoru Iwata
October 21, 2014 — Nintendo was seeking Lead Graphic Engineer for Next-Gen Console with “low power experience”
Summary of Requirements
The ideal candidate will have had experience working directly in a GPU architecture and design team with significant responsibilities.
Low power and SoC design experience would be a plus.
The candidate is expected to have good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo.
A bachelors degree (graduate degree preferred) in computer science/engineering or electrical engineering.
5+ years of lead or architectural role experience are required.
Source: Nintendo job listing
October 15th, 2015 — Wall Street Journal reports that NX will include at least one mobile unit that can be taken on the road.
“The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use. They also said Nintendo would aim to put industry-leading chips in the NX devices, after criticism that the Wii U’s capabilities didn’t match those of competitors.” — Wall Street Journal, October 2015
July 27th, 2016 — Wall Street Journal confirms that NX is a handheld-console hybrid.
“A person familiar with the matter said NX would be a handheld-console hybrid that would be compatible with its own smartphone games.” — Wall Street Journal, July 2016
January 29th, 2016 — IHS Technology expects increased screen shipments due to the NX.
We expect a small recovery in shipments of flat-panel displays for game devices because of Nintendo’s new game hardware expected to be released in 2016.
July 26th, 2016 — Eurogamer reports that NX is a portable handheld-console hybrid device.
“Nintendo’s upcoming NX will be a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers, a number of sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
On the move, NX will function as a high-powered handheld console with its own display. So far so normal – but here’s the twist: we’ve heard the screen is bookended by two controller sections on either side, which can be attached or detached as required.
Then, when you get home, the system can connect to your TV for gaming on the big screen.
A base unit, or dock station, is used to connect the brain of the NX – within the controller – to display on your TV.” — Eurogamer
July 27th, 2016 — MCV says Eurogamer’s NX report regarding a handheld-console hybrid is 100% correct.
“As there still seems to be some debate about the veracity of Eurogamer’s claims, our aforementioned senior source assures us the site is “100 per cent correct”. — MCV UK
Source: MCV UK
July 27th, 2016 — MCV’s Ben Parfitt says NX is exactly as Eurogamer describes it.
An unnamed colleague has had word from an unnamed senior source that Eurogamer’s story is 100% spot on, as if there was any doubt.
— Ben Parfitt (@BenParfitt) July 26, 2016
Wow, there really is a lot of hunger out there for Eurogamer to be wrong about the NX, huh? Well, bad news folks…
— Ben Parfitt (@BenParfitt) July 27, 2016
— Ben Parfitt (@BenParfitt) July 27, 2016
Source: Ben Parfitt (Twitter)
July 26th, 2016 — IGN verified Eurogamer’s “hybrid device” information with a separate source.
“Eurogamer (which claims a number of sources) says that Nintendo’s pitch is simple – that you can “take your games with you on the go”. That’s borne out by the reported design, a high-powered handheld. Controls are attached to either side, and can be detached as two smaller controllers for use in local multiplayer.
IGN has also verified this information from a separate source.” — IGN reporter Joe Skrebels
May 14th, 2015 — Satoru Iwata told investors that NX will take into consideration the playing environments that differ by country.
“Since we are always thinking about how to create a new platform that will be accepted by as many people around the world as possible, we would like to offer to them ‘a dedicated video game platform with a brand new concept’ by taking into consideration various factors, including the playing environments that differ by country,” he explained. “This is all that I can confirm today.” — Satoru Iwata
July 2nd, 2015 — Satoru Iwata told investors that Nintendo will offer NX “through a Nintendo-like solution” to avoid software droughts and slow software launches that plagued Wii U and 3DS.
I will not share details on NX today but with regard to the launch of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U not necessarily having progressed well and not acquiring sufficient support from software publishers, we intend to offer NX through a Nintendo-like solution. Thank you for understanding that we are making various considerations and preparations in order to avoid what happened with the previous generations.
December 16, 2014 — Japan Times reports that Sharp has struck a deal with Nintendo over Free-Form displays for new portable game consoles.
Sharp Corp. is close to providing video game maker Nintendo Co. with its advanced liquid crystal displays that can be shaped freely according to user demand, sources said Tuesday.
Unlike conventional LCDs, the Free-Form Display, which Sharp unveiled this year, has a bezel that can be bent, allowing for freedom of design.
Nintendo is expected to use the displays in its new portable game consoles to replace the Nintendo 3DS lines, or for a recently announced device to map sleep quality, which the company wants to market by March 2016, the sources said.
Nintendo will be Sharp’s first client to adopt the new LCDs.
Source: Japan Times
June 16th, 2016 — Reggie Fils-Aime says NX will be about games — not specs, teraflops, and horsepower. Says Microsoft and Sony should fight it out in the “Red Ocean”.
“For us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us, it’s about the content. We’re focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future. So for us, whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of talking about new systems, that’s for them to fight out in that red ocean.” — Reggie Fils-Aime, June 2016
March 23rd, 2015 — Satoru Iwata said NX will surprise people and change their lives. Only expanding upon existing hardware is dull.
“However, if you only expand upon existing hardware, it’s dull,” Iwata said. “In some shape or form, we’re always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person’s video gaming life.”
May 14th, 2015 — Satoru Iwata says NX is not a simple replacement for Wii U or 3DS.
“Though I cannot confirm when it will be launched or any other details of the system, since I have confirmed that it will be ‘a dedicated video game platform with a brand new concept,’ it should mean that we do not intend it to become a simple ‘replacement’ for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U.” — Satoru Iwata
May 15th, 2016 — Tatsumi Kimishima says NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor the 3DS. It’s a new way of playing games.
Interviewer: It seems more to me that the NX will have an effect on the Wii U due to the fact that both will be consoles.
Kimishima: I suppose it can be seen that way. However, the NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS. It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.
January 30, 2014 — Satoru Iwata told investors they will continue to seek blue oceans with no rivals and create new markets.
“Nintendo is not a resource-rich company, with only a little more than 5,000 employees on a consolidated basis. We cannot achieve a strong presence by imitating others and simply competing in terms of size. We have often received advice on overcoming our weaknesses in comparison with other companies and have been questioned about why Nintendo doesn’t follow suit when something is already booming.
From a medium- to long-term standpoint, however, we don’t believe that following trends will lead to a positive outcome for Nintendo as an entertainment company. Instead, we should continue to make our best efforts to seek a blue ocean with no rivals and create a new market with innovative offerings as a medium- to long-term goal.” — Satoru Iwata, January 2014
June 15th, 2016 — Ubisoft’s Alan Corre says NX is addressing the family market and trying to recapture lapsed Wii players.
“And they are addressing the family market in a very different way, their own way, which we appreciate. We have done a lot of products and successes with Nintendo in the past, and we believe that the NX will recapture a lot the lapsed Wii players. So we will see when they release it, but we are confident.” — Ubisoft’s Alan Corre
July 19th, 2016 — Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot says NX will try to draw casual gamers back to the industry.
“On the NX, what we have seen is really great,” Guillemot said. “We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow and to take a lot more casual players back to the industry.”
May 13th, 2016 — SemiAccurate says Nintendo NX handheld to use Nvidia Tegra-based SoC.
Summary from NeoGaf: Nvidia team was told to get a console win or “go home.” Enter Nintendo, who apparently made off very well in this deal. This to the point that SemiAccurate questions whether this is a “win” at all for Nvidia.
May 13th, 2016 — Blogger Emily Rogers says NX will not have x86 architecture, no Polaris chips, and the system’s power is closer to Xbox One than PlayStation 4 — and even that might be stretching it.
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. 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.
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.
May 14th, 2016 — Tweaktown reported that NX is being powered by Nvidia Tegra, not AMD.
Up until now, everything we’ve heard on the next-gen consoles is that AMD will have APUs inside all of them. The Nintendo NX was meant to be powered by an AMD design, but according to our sources, Nintendo is working with NVIDIA and will use a Pascal-based Tegra chip inside of their next-gen Nintendo NX console.
I’ve been sitting on this story for a little while now, but it has been backed up by another source – who has said that NVIDIA will be providing a Pascal-based Tegra processor for Nintendo’s next-gen console.
May 15th, 2016 — Blogger Emily Rogers confirms that Nvidia is involved with Nintendo’s hardware.
Her sources are legit, and the claims are backed by several sources. She is sharing the information she has and is clearing the air of misinformation. It isn’t being shared for attention.
She did say I could share this small bit with you: “Nvidia is involved with Nintendo’s future hardware.”
July 26th, 2016 — Eurogamer reports that NX is using Nvidia for its chips.
Nvidia is providing the core technology that powers Nintendo’s next generation NX console. Multiple sources have confirmed that the new machine is based around Nvidia’s mobile-orientated Tegra processor, with development kits currently using the Tegra X1 chip found in the Shield Android TV console and the Google Pixel C tablet.
The news is bound to come as some surprise to those – including ourselves – who suspected that AMD would provide the technology guts to the new Nintendo machine, but what’s clear is that the firm is planning to go into a completely new, potentially revolutionary direction. Right now, it is simply not interested in providing hardware that directly competes with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It has its own ideas on where to take next-gen gaming.
July 27th, 2016 — Based on what MCV’s Ben Parfitt has heard, he believes Tegra X1 is most likely for NX.
— Ben Parfitt (@BenParfitt) July 27, 2016
July 29th, 2016 — NeoGaf member NateDrake claims that NX is using Nvidia Pascal.
Since it is being discussed elsewhere, I can say with confidence that Nvidia will announce a Pascal Tegra chip for NX.
I trust my contact. They were very direct and confident about it.
April 22nd, 2016 — AMD “design wins” suggest three upcoming console reveals.
AMD CEO Lisa Su was coy on details in an investor call, but did reveal that “not all” of these products would ship this year, and she would not be drawn on the specifics of the new design wins: “I don’t believe that we’ve gone through any detail about what those wins are, so I would prefer to let that come out as our customers are ready to launch.”
In addition [to the new design wins] we have our current game console business as well,” AMD CEO Lisa Su explained. “So when you look at the aggregate of that, we do expect to start ramping that new business in the second half of the year. But we also expect the seasonal uplift of our traditional game console business. So that’s adding to what we expect will be a strong year for Semi-Custom overall.”
July 13th, 2014 — AMD’s Saeid Moshkelani says an area of interest for semi-custom is handheld gaming.
“Everyone thinks it is dead, but the [Nintendo] 3DS is still selling.” — AMD’s Saeid Moshkelani
July 16, 2015 — VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi predicts Nintendo will go with AMD.
“Advanced Micro Devices still hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but the evidence is growing that it’s designing the processor behind Nintendo’s upcoming codenamed NX video game console, which is expected to launch in 2016.
We’re guessing that AMD will supply the main processor for the upcoming Nintendo machine. That’s not too much of a leap of faith, as AMD already supplies the chips for Wii U, Sony’s PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox One. It’s an important chip project, as the processor is key to whether Nintendo’s next machine will be competitive and affordable. And for AMD, which has reported losses for a couple of quarters, it could be a safe haven for bruising competition with Intel.”
— VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi
February 21, 2016 — Sources of Trevelyan9999 (SuperMetalDave64) — who notoriously leaked Nintendo info in the past — claims Nintendo is releasing both a console and a handheld. And his source believes there’s a strong chance that the console is releasing first.
“My source does not know 100% which form factor is being released first in North America, however it is heavily pointing to it being a console (at least first) in their opinion.”
July 26th, 2016 — NeoGaf’s Trevelyan9999 (SuperMetalDave64) — who notoriously leaked Nintendo info in the past — claims Nintendo is releasing a console with x86 architecture and an AMD GPU.
Glad I’m sticking with AMD and x86 for the NX home console. More evidence for that than a website taking a journalist info as near fact lol
— SuperMetaldave64 (@SMetaldave64) July 26, 2016