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.”