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Nintendo NX Could Be Ultimate Gaming Tablet

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More possible details about Nintendo's next console, the NX, points way to gaming tablet design with detachable controllers
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Nintendo's next console, dubbed the NX, could simply be a gaming tablet, but one that can plug into any TV, and can also enable multiplayer without the need for another device.

Eurogamer reached out to numerous industry sources and all of them seem to confirm that Nintendo's next home console won't be a home console at all. Instead, Nintendo is taking the Wii U's Gamepad concept one step further by removing the base console altogether.

But don't throw out your big screen TV just yet - the NX will connect to a dock of some sort that will enable you to use it just like the Wii or Wii U, but when taken out of the dock, it could be the ultimate gaming tablet.

Sources confirm that the NX will have two detachable controllers on either side of the screen, which can be used at the same time for single player, and can be detached to allow your friend to join in the action. This means that you can do two person multiplayer at any place, any time, without the need for another NX device.

And it's not just any portable gaming experience - with the powerful Nvidia Tegra chipset powering the console, games may never have looked as good on a portable screen as they have before - although, according to Eurogamer, Nintendo is not targeting graphics that will beat the Xbox One and PS4, but just good enough to allow everything to fit into the portable frame of the NX.

A curious blast from the past, and a necessity due to the NX's portable nature, will see the NX use game cartridges as opposed to optical media (digital downloads will of course be another option).

Nintendo just announced losses of $49 million for Q1 2016, with revenue down 30 percent, selling 50 percent fewer console hardware than the same period a year ago.

The Nintendo NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

[via Eurogamer]


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