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Nintendo’s NX Console Rumoured to be Less Powerful Than Playstation 4



/ 1 year ago

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Nintendo’s home consoles have struggled to attract third party developers since the Wii and this could be due to the lack of GPU horsepower. Traditionally, this wasn’t the case as Nintendo’s systems pushed the graphical boundaries through innovative technology such as the SuperFX chip. Furthermore, it’s often overlooked that the Gamecube was more powerful than Sony’s Playstation 2. The Wii U has struggled to be a commercial success and Nintendo’s ethos of their consoles being supplementary to the Xbox One and PS4 doesn’t look like changing any time soon.

According to Liam Robertson of Unseen64, Nintendo isn’t targeting the graphical capabilities of the PlayStation 4. In a Twitter post, he said:

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As with any rumour, it’s important to question the validity of each source. Liam Robertson’s pedigree shows he is credible and accurately leaked information in the past. For example, he divulged that Criterion Games almost created a new F-Zero if it wasn’t for their commitments to Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Additionally, his evidence proved correct in regards to the appalling working environment at Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Even though this doesn’t prove anything, it does suggest his statements should be taken seriously and are more than a baseless rumour.

While this move isn’t unexpected, it is quite disappointing. Nintendo’s home systems have suffered from a lack of games, and support from 3rd party developers. Surely, their experience with the Wii U would shift their focus to a more traditional console without expensive gimmicks based on raw performance and enticing games. I hope this story ends up being false, but I’m not too hopeful.

Thank you NintendoLife for providing us with this information. 


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  • Eoin Mc Namara

    To be fair, who buys a Nintendo system to play 3rd party games? I bougt the WiiU to continue playing the Legend of Zelda series, a bit of Pokemon (that failed sadly) and play the sequels to classics such as Fire Emblem (where it is who knows) etc.
    Nintendo just need to bring out a lot of their own games quickly for launch. I hate to break it you Nintendo, but another rehashed Mario game won’t cut it.
    If I brought out the NX at say, August, I would make sure I would have a Mario series game at launch (for the younger generation) a LoZ game in September, a Fire Emblem/Star Fox game for October, a Pokemon/F-Zero game for November and the rest can come at different dates.

    • Jessie Schueler
    • jokky

      I do. I didn’t buy the wii u because for those only it’s really boring now. I mean sure they are good games really but i also want to play games like batman. You have to understand that nintendo has the money but they don’t want to spend them, instead they look for mere profit. If you gamers would stand united on this front you will see the Nx could have been far powerful. They don’t care because there are those super loyal nintendo fans that says “who cares”. That is the reason i bought a ps4 from the wii i had.

      • Louie Hill

        eh at this point the best combo is pretty much PC & Wii U, as far as I’m concerned there’s no XB/PS4 exclusive games that I’m interested in and everything else comes to PC anyway. Nintendo products generally have a much larger selection of exclusive games.

        Frankly here’s the question: Is the game fun to play? If so, indeed “who cares” how much power it’s packing? Besides, if we are playing the power game….we er, know who wins that one.