Rumour: Nintendo NX Is Region-Free


We’re as tired about Nintendo NX rumours as everyone else, but, with Nintendo’s unending silence, we are left to rely on inside knowledge to speculate on what the future may hold.

Now, Emily Rogers has rounded up everything that she has heard from her sources about the dedicated game platform‘s prototype, noting that the final product may differ as is always the case.

While in parts this reiterates recent rumours such as Nvidia’s involvement, the portable 6.2-inch multi-touch screen, and dock station, we also learn a few more tidbits.

The internal storage is believed to be 32GB which can be expanded with a SD Card, while the console will support Unreal Engine 4 and Unity engines. Perhaps what is most significant is the indication that the development kits and prototypes are region-free, a move that may be matched in retail units.

When the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL were confirmed to be region-locked, fans pleaded that Nintendo would consider reverting the decision.

A response soon came from late president Satoru Iwata, who explained that their stance wasn’t “solely out of business ego” and added that “cultural acceptance and legal restrictions” were the reason as to why it remained in place.

The details that Rogers has heard are as follows:

  • In May, I said Nvidia was involved with the system.
  • The screen is around 6 inches (6.2 to be specific)
  • The portable screen has a 720p resolution.
  • Multi-touch touchscreen (Haven’t heard anything about a stylus.)
  • 32 GB of internal storage is on the NX dev kit. (They may increase storage to 64GB for the final retail unit, but I doubt it.)
  • There is an SD Card port.
  • Dock Station has at least 2 USB ports on prototype. Not sure about final product.
  • NX will support Unreal Engine 4 and Unity engine
  • NX is below Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in raw power.
  • Dev kits and prototypes are region free. I heard retail units might be region free too.
  • Nintendo still plans to support the 3DS with software through 2018.
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