Nintendo is Going for Uniqueness Again with NX, Still a Double Edged Sword

By   /   Sep 3, 2016
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Over the past few months, we have read a lot about Nintendo NX – the nature of the console and what to expect from it.

It is speculated that Nintendo NX will be a home/handheld hybrid console with detachable controllers and external display support.

Nintendo NX – A Double-Edged Sword for Nintendo

Under the hood, the hybrid console is said to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra mobile chipset. There is a debate among the fans regarding the chipset, but we expect the upcoming Tegra X2 as the superior choice.

Regardless of what Nintendo opts for, one thing is for certain – there is no chance Nintendo NX will be able to compete against Xbox One and Playstation 4 in terms of sheer power.

From the looks of it, it appears like Nintendo is going for uniqueness again which may prove to be a double-edged sword – as we have seen in the past.

If the speculations indeed hold a grain of truth, it means Nintendo has no intention of competing with Playstation 4 and Xbox One in terms of raw power, but in terms of value and content.

Rumor has it that using Tegra X2 will make Nintendo NX cost effective, allowing Nintendo to aim for a lower pricepoint as compared to Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

If Nintendo amends pricepoint mistakes that it made with Nintendo Wii U and offer a competitive price for NX, it will most definitely stay relevant in the console market and even surpass expectations.

Moreover, Nintendo is looking forward to unified development for handheld and home console which may result in more games down the line. In the end, however, these games must appeal to Nintendo’s audience.

There is hardly any doubt audience for portable/mobile gaming and console gaming is very different. Spending 200 hours in Gears of War 3 does not mean the player would also spend nearly the equal amount in Pokemon Go.

This is something that Nintendo needs to bear in mind, especially when we consider that the company is looking at a hybrid console, trying to cater to audience from both sides. This thing can lead to Nintendo in a fix.

But then again, Nintendo has yet to announce anything concrete. Until that happens, we are left to speculate things which may never turn out to be true.

What is your take on Nintendo’s idea of launching a home/handheld hybrid console? Let us know in the comments section below!

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