Rumour: Nintendo NX Not Using x86 Architecture, Closer To Xbox One In Power

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Nintendo NX won’t use x86 architecture as seen with other current-gen rivals, and, in terms of raw power, will be more on par with Xbox One.

That’s according to trusted rumour-monger Emily Rogers, who most recently accurately leaked the existence of Paper Mario: Color Splash and that The Legend of Zelda would come to Nintendo’s new “dedicated game platform.”

Her comments were made to debunk a rumour that cropped up on Reddit in early April, which had suggested that Nintendo had decided to use x86 architecture for their still secretive platform.

“After speaking to seven different people this week, I can say with confidence that this is false,” Rogers writes in her blog post. “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.

“The chips are industry leading because they are very modern chips, but having modern chips doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo is aiming to create the most powerful hardware on the market. Furthermore, any rumors on ‘Polaris chips’ and ‘Polaris architecture’ regarding NX is wacky. There’s a good reason why those rumors are wacky.”

She goes on to discuss that in terms of raw power, “NX is much closer to Xbox One than PlayStation 4.” That means that, based on what she has heard, it won’t directly compete in terms of raw power with either the rumoured PlayStation 4 Neo or the PlayStation 4.

“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),” Rogers closed. “But everything that I’ve heard (so far) indicates that NX isn’t the PS4K competitor that some Nintendo fans are hoping for.”

Nintendo NX will not be revealed at E3 2016, but president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that it will launch globally in March 2017 and won’t be sold at a loss.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

6 Comments

  1. Game over. RIP Nintendo.

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    • Why RIP Nintendo? Because the system won’t have the same power as the competition? That’s a very stupid way of thinking.
      So you would rather have a powerful system with sh*tty games than a simpler system with great games?

      I’m not saying the NX will be the best system ever, indeed it may blow, but saying RIP right now and based on your premise?… well, that’s a very retarded way of thinking. Very “steam user”, very “newell-fanatic” way of thinking.

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      • RIP because, if they are not using x86 3rd parties won’t develop games simple. They are not going to waste hundreds of millions on a seperate system when they can easily develop games for PC, xbone and ps4 which have similar hardware and architecture. Anyway this story is bullshit AMD won’t make custom chips around architecture they are not using, they are not going to also spend millions on a line for a different piece of silicon.

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        • 3rd parties weren’t gonna go even if it was more powerful than the neo.. haven’t you learnt anything since the n64… 3rd parties don’t care for Nintendo for long term profit, sure they’ll be there at launch but that’s just to get quick sales. and in yr 2 boom jump ship because only Nintendo games will sell from that point out..

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  2. I’m pretty sure neither the PS4 or Xbox One use x86 either. They’re x64 based.

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  3. X86 is the architecture they use x64 means it’s 64bit lol.

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