The Nintendo NX is reportedly not going to use x86 architecture, and it's expected to be only capable of delivering raw performance that's "closer to Xbox One than PS4."
Word about this development comes from none other than renowned game blogger Emily Rogers, who has a pretty good track record when it comes to rumors and whatnot.
According to her, she got in touch with seven inside sources, confirming that the Nintendo NX will use "special, custom-made chips" instead of x86 architecture or AMD Polaris. That essentially snuffs out any previous talk about the console having more power than the PS4 by a "noticeable amount."
"Anyone who is claiming that NX is 'two times the power of PS4 GPU' is being misled by their sources. Based on what I've heard, I don't believe the NX will compete directly with PS4 (Neo) / PS4K in raw power," she says.
It's also worth mentioning that the hardware of the upcoming Nintendo console will have modern components under the hood, but that doesn't automatically make it a powerhouse of sorts.
Now, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as the gaming company also went on a similar path with the Wii and Wii U before, where it chose not to go head-to-head with the Xbox One and PS4 in the graphics competition.
However, to boil things down, this news is recommended to be taken with a grain of salt, as Rogers has been wrong before after all. Until Nintendo makes any official announcement, it's best not to put so much faith in rumors.
Assuming that Rogers' statement holds true in the end, what do you think of Nintendo's move of toning down the hardware of the NX? Drop by our comments section below and let us know.
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