Updated: Nintendo NX release date, news and rumors

by admin August 28, 2016 at 1:26 am

The Nintendo NX is going to be a very strange system, if you believe any number of the dozen or so patents Nintendo has filed in the last few months. We now know the release date of the console, and even a few of its new features, but there’s still an air of mystery about Nintendo’s next piece of hardware.

We’re not totally in the dark, however. A report published by Eurogamer has given us our most detailed look yet at Nintendo’s new system. Mostly the report confirms much of what we knew previously. The console looks set to run its game off cartridges (a feature not seen in a Nintendo console since the Nintendo 64), and appears to be something of a console-handheld hybrid.

Users will be able to carry the console with them while they’re out and about, but will be able to dock it when at home in order to play games on a big screen.

Also interestingly, the report claims that the console will come with detachable controllers which will clip onto either side of the device’s screen and use a modular system to swap out control components.

It was reassuring to read the report, after the console’s completely absence from E3 2016, where Nintendo didn’t share a peep about its new console.

Nintendo’s response? ‘We have to do better’

Nintendo hasn’t revealed much about the Nintendo NX, but a recent interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime might give us all the information we need to know.

“One of the things that we have to do better when we launch the NX – we have to do a better job communicating the positioning for the product. We have to do a better job helping people to understand its uniqueness and what that means for the game playing experience. And we have to do a better job from a software planning standpoint to have that continuous beat of great new games that are motivating more and more people to pick up the hardware and more and more people to pick up the software,” Fils-Aime told Eurogamer.

The company has hinted at a dramatically different system in the NX, and that will mean it will take extra effort on Nintendo’s part to sell it to the already-leery gaming public.

Another interesting fact that came out of the last few months is that Nintendo might have its eye set on making the NX the company’s first VR console. In a shareholders meeting the company admitted it was “researching” VR technology, according to someone who was present.

Twitter’s NStyles attended the meeting in Kyoto and claims Nintendo’s Shigeru Minamoto said Nintendo was researching VR but has concerns about users playing for long periods of time.

He also added that Nintendo wants to release a device that carries value, is affordable, and wants parents to “feel at ease”. Typical Nintendo to care about our eye health while the rest of the market charges forward haphazardly.

Further, the Nintendo NX may support some form of heart rate-monitoring hardware. According to Commercial Times, a Chinese integrated circuit design company called Pixart has been ramping up production of itsCMOS-based hear-rate monitoring sensor that will go into several next-gen VR headsets and – more interestingly – Nintendo’s next home console.

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