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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.

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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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