Emily Rogers, a games blogger known for Nintendo rumors and leaks, has reported that Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the “NX,” won’t use an x86 architecture and will have raw power “closer to an Xbox One than a PlayStation 4.”
Nintendo skipping out on x86 could be a very big deal if true. x86 architecture is a popular choice among console manufacturers right now, powering both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, making ports between the two — and the PC — much easier. If Nintendo is forgoing x86 architecture, it would make porting games from its competitors more difficult, but that might not matter if the NX turns out to be a radically different system anyway. Nintendo would most likely use the ARM architecture instead, which has typically been used with mobile games.
“In terms of raw power,” Rogers wrote, “numerous sources tell me that NX is much closer to Xbox One than PlayStation 4.” This would align with Nintendo’s strategies for its previous two consoles, the Wii and Wii U, which both opted to bow out of the graphical arms race by aiming toward previous generation specs.
Rogers claims to have spoken with seven inside sources in the past week to confirm her information, but of course, she’s been wrong before, so take these rumors with a grain of salt.