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A recent report makes it sound like many of the rumors circulating around Nintendo's next console, known as the NX, might actually be accurate. Here's a surprise, though: It sounds like the device will go back to the cartridge format.
According to a recent post from Eurogamer, "a number of sources" have confirmed a bunch of random specs concerning the Nintendo NX. For starters, the device will supposedly do away with discs, opting instead to utilize a cartridge format. That's probably due to another bit of info coming out concerning the device: That it's a portable/home console hybrid. Would you rather keep a bunch of discs handy, or perhaps a collection of smaller, less likely to scratch/break every five seconds, assortment of cartridges?
To be clear, we're still labeling all of this as rumor for the time being, but the original report seems pretty convinced as to the legitimacy of the information.
When you're out and about, the NX sounds like it will basically be similar to the PlayStation Vita, a high-end portable device that can handle more demanding games and offers a wide array of inputs.
But here's the kicker, along with using cartridges similar to the Nintendo 3DS, the console's control sections can actually be removed, allowing you to set up the screen and play with the controls independent of one another. Since they're calling this a hybrid, that means you'll also be able to plug the screen into your TV, giving you the ability to play the NX as a portable console or use it for a living room romp.
The report goes on to state that the NX will be using Nvidia's Tegra mobile processor to do all of the heavy lifting and that those cartridges we were just talking about are expected to clock in at 32GB.
We assume that digital gaming will also be a part of the equation, so expect to be able to download games onto your NX, too. If this thing can actually play traditional console games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alongside 3DS-like games such as Pokemon, as well as be used to dive into the NES, SNES and GameBoy Advance backlogs, Nintendo might have a killer machine on its hands.
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the NX will be focused on standard backwards compatibility, so don't expect to pop your current 3DS collection into an on-board slot. Still, since most 3DS games are digital these days, too, we wouldn't be surprised to see some of that library making the jump to the NX.
This is all very exciting stuff but, again, we're not going to be too quick to chalk any of this up as fact, no matter how many trusted sources are attached to it. Until we get word from Nintendo, we're cautiously optimistic for this NX news. With the console supposedly set to launch early next year, we expect to hear actual details from Nintendo soon.