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Nintendo NX launch and spec details leak – camera incoming?


The Nintendo NX will go into production before the end of 2016, and is also set to feature a built-in camera – at least according to one new report.

Nintendo plans to begin production trials for the next-generation Nintendo NX console in the third quarter of this year, with mass-manufacturing pegged for the fourth quarter of 2016 – that’s a whole quarter earlier than schedule, apparently. This is according to a new report from Digitimes, an industry news site that has an (admittedly) mixed record on leak accuracy.

The report reads:

“Over 40% of initial production will be undertaken by Foxconn Electronics and the remaining by Japan-based Misumi Electronics and Hosiden. Taiwan-based component makers will include chassis maker Foxconn Technology, NAND flash memory maker Marconi International, CMOS image sensor design house Pixart Imaging, and power supply maker Delta Electronics.”

The fact that a CMOS image sensor firm is on board to supply components suggests that we’ll see a camera featured on the device. Unfortunately, little else can be garnered from the report. However, Digitimes did claim that its sources said the NX will definitely feature Nvidia’s ARM-architecture Tegra X1 mobile processor.

Nintendo Wii UNintendo doesn't want the NX to replace the Wii U, apparently

Back in April, Nintendo confirmed that the new NX console would be released globally in March 2017. One month later, the company also revealed that the NX was an entirely new concept that wasn’t intended to replace the 3DS or Wii U product lines. Nintendo did admit that it is researching virtual reality, but there’s no evidence (yet) that the NX will feature VR technology.

Earlier this week, an article published by MCV UK revealed that the Nintendo NX would feature a “dream line-up” of triple-A games, including Pokémon, Mario, and Zelda titles. The sources also “confirmed” that the NX would be a portable device that plugs into your TV, and would feature a breakaway controller. Nintendo has also reportedly secured third-party game support from big-name studios like Sega, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Activision, and Warner Bros.

Disclaimer: With any leak, it’s impossible for us to definitively verify the information supplied. As such, take this leak – and all future leaks regarding the Nintendo NX – with due caution.

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August 7, 2016, 4:45 am

Well, the wiiU has video chat, and my 3 DS has a normal camera just for the fun of it and of course for some VR capabilities. Thought i read somewhere the NX might have video chat too aswell and why wouldnt it?. Dont the other consoles have some sort of camera? ( thought i read somwhere the Xbox had something) cuz its microsoft. Anyways not sure why this would seem weird to anyone, they both have the youtube app too, does that seem weird to u aswell? I love it. The last few nintebdo consoles u could watch videos and msg people on it, why wouldnt it have a cam.


August 7, 2016, 5:04 am

Uh huh, yep whatever..


August 7, 2016, 8:09 am

Nvidia haven't announced any semi-custom design wins as of yet. I still believe an AMD chip will power the NX in some way, but we will see.


August 7, 2016, 8:42 am

They shouldnt have announced the nx to the public. They should of somehow told their shareholders privately because announcing something and not sharing anything about it for a year is plain f'ing rude.


August 7, 2016, 9:51 am

I am surprised that they managed to get the Tegra X1, given that it will only be the 2nd battery powered device running on Tegra X1 other than Pixel C, which has a humongous battery offering around 5 hours of gaming...
Pascal architecture offers similar levels of efficiency...
Besides, X2 was meant to provide higher CPU performance for better Deep Learning performance as seen on the Drive PX2, not to mention that just the board sets manufacturers back by $15K per piece...
Keeping that in mind, it would be safe to assume that NX will have X1, which isn't that bad at lower resolutions if you think about it...

Scott McLaughlin

August 7, 2016, 10:25 am

A camera could be for ar of course. X1 powers my pixel c flawlessly but probably have something stationary with the hardcore gaming parts.


August 7, 2016, 4:13 pm

by seeing and by reading about the nx so far, i felt that is like a shield tablet with tegra x2 with add-on controls from the side of wii u's gamepad with a custom x86 os call "nx os". if nintendo wants their controller to work on android and other device, they'll probably have to use a custom xinput code for it (because xinput is excellent for android device for game controllers).


August 7, 2016, 7:37 pm

This thing looks lame. The carts are limited to 32 gigs, which means the majority of current gen titles won't even fit.


August 7, 2016, 7:40 pm

Don't forget, you can add a camera to your gaming PC if you want. It's use for things like live streaming.


August 7, 2016, 11:59 pm

You can always Google 'Drive PX2' price, you know...


August 8, 2016, 1:01 am

Why would the carts be limited to 32 gb? Nobody ever said that


August 8, 2016, 1:05 am

That because the drive px2 is basically a prototype. If Nintendo had Nvidia mass produce the X2 it wouldn't cost 15k. Look at the cost of the recent Geforce10xx cards. An X2 couldn't cost anymore to produce than say, a GTX 1060.


August 8, 2016, 1:08 am

Maybe the NX *is* a cell phone! lol seriously though, what's the big deal about a cheap webcam on the device? It probably raises the cost by a dollar. These sensors dirt cheap

Alex Walsh

August 8, 2016, 9:47 am

There's been talk of an X1 upgrade to the K1 powered Shield Tablet for ages though.


August 8, 2016, 1:36 pm

Polaris + NVidia = *facepalm* I'm out...


August 8, 2016, 1:41 pm

NVidia tend to charge a premium on their newer products, which is something that I don't expect from Nintendo at this stage, with no backups...
Besides, X1 is perfectly fine with it being almost as powerful as the XB1...
Just imagine that with single platform optimizations...


August 8, 2016, 5:27 pm

Yeah, the very same architecture Tegra X2 is based on, and hence the reference...
Now if I were to pare back the specs to 1/6th the power which is what the X2 is assumed to be, should I expect the price to be 1/100th of the original spec???
Yeah, even I am not that stupid...

Eric Higgin

August 8, 2016, 5:57 pm

AMD made their new Zen cpu at the same time as their new K12 ARM cpu which were designed together for compatibility reasons. Zen will be launching late 2016. Zen falls in line with the NX console launch in March 2017 (gpu most likely polaris 460, maybe 470). K12 was delayed and will be launching early-ish 2017. K12 falls in line with rumors that NX MH (mobile handheld) will launch later in 2017, potentially after E3. NiN is part of the group backing Vulkan, an API originally made by AMD. NiN has also worked with AMD for years now on their consoles, and AMD are clearly completely catering to the console industries needs. Odds that NiN go with Nvidia, are very low.

Eric Higgin

August 8, 2016, 6:18 pm

AMD announced a customer who required an x86 design for gaming and an Arm design for "beyond gaming". My guess is the x86 chip will be Zen for the console. The Arm "beyond gaming" will be K12, and has to do with either the NiN handheld or SCD or both. Considering the networking possibilities based on the SCD patent, and the fact that AMD is pushing hard for ARM servers for networking, it just makes way to much sense.


August 8, 2016, 6:51 pm

Hope so because underpowered= loss of 3rd party software, again...


August 11, 2016, 4:13 am

Bad software LOL. Nintendo has the best softwares out there.

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