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Nintendo NX release date: Smartphone crossover and current-gen compatibility UPDATE

UPDATE ONE: More information supposedly connected with the Nintendo NX project has surfaced today, revealing more on what the new console could be like.

A list of new details have appeared on Reddit, the moderators of the board say they have been able to verify that the poster has got connections with Nintendo development, although it is unclear just how this reflects on the information leaked.

According to this new report, the Nintendo NX will include a wide range of compatibility options and boasts x86 architecture, there is also references to additional screen support and the ability to backup data to Nintendo servers.

One vital piece of information is that the NX will be able to handle ports of current-gen titles, although no specific stats were included.

This would mean it could handle titles that have already appeared on the Xbox One and PS4, recent reports have linked Nintendo to pushing for strong third-party links with the likes of EA and Ubisoft.

The source of the new Nintendo NX details also says that it will function as a home console and will be Nintendo’s tenth home console.

Other information supplied with the leak include:

  • Will be able to interact with smartdevice apps.
  • Using NX software will unlock My Nintendo reward points.

The idea that the Nintendo NX would be able to play both console titles and mobile games has been around for several months, there is also information connecting the new console with a new handheld device that would provided further portble support.

More bold predictions have been made concerning the console market this year, including the idea that the NX will launch in the coming months.

Analysts have warned against such a proposal, pointing to the emerging virtual reality headset market as a potential rival that would leave Nintendo’s device selling less than expected.

There have also been several reports pointing to an NX handheld release in 2016, followed by a home console launch in 2017.

There has been a lack of information from Nintendo on the subject but even without the release of a new major device this year, it is still shaping up to be a pivotal time for the Japanese games giant.

Pokemon Go, in association with Niantic and the Pokemon Company, is set to be released, alongside a new Pokemon title for the Nintendo 3DS AND several new mobile games to boot.

Miitomo, a social app released in partnership with DeNA, has already entered the market and is proving an early success, so we wouldn’t blame Nintendo for holding out until 2017 for the NX.

The latest on the subject comes from a research study released by Technavio, who believe that this is the year we will see the Nintendo NX release date fall.

They also predict that the PS4 and Xbox One will start to be phased out in 2019 with the introduction of new devices from Sony and Microsoft.

“The market is predicted to grow with the launch of various next-generation consoles. Nintendo is set to launch their next-generation gaming consoles in 2016, which will drive the growth of the market in 2017.

“Post 2019, Xbox and PS4 are also predicted to launch their next-generation gaming consoles over the next four years,” said Soumya Mutsuddi, Technavio’s lead research analysts for gaming.

“The global gaming peripherals market is fragmented with the presence of many local and global vendors and faces intense competition. 

“Popularity of counterfeit peripherals is expected to further intensify market competition during the forecast period. To stay ahead in the market, vendors are expected to launch many new features, enhanced look, and low priced products during the forecast period.”

Nintendo are expected to reveal more at E3, 2016 in June.

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