Nintendo’s upcoming NX console may offer smartphone connectivity
Game consoles may have been around for decades, but in recent years they’ve faced some serious new competition as smartphone and tablet gaming soared to new heights of popularity. Maybe as a result, it’s little surprise that last year we found ourselves talking a lot about Nintendo and its interest in the mobile market, both in the form of its own smartphone games, and rumors of a possible Android-based console. While the company was quick to shoot that idea down, there could still be a significant crossover between the Nintendo NX console and our existing mobile devices, as an analyst report suggests the NX will interact with PCs, the PlayStation 4, and popular smartphones.
How would this connectivity work? Well, we don’t really have much of anything in the way of details at the moment, but it’s not difficult to come up with a few ideas.
Nintendo’s been taking advantage of secondary screens for its consoles for years, from using the Game Boy Advance as GameCube controller via a link cable, to the current Wii U with its tablet-shaped GamePad (above). Perhaps gamers will be able to get some kind of similar functionality with a connected smartphone.
Considering the mention of PC and PS4 interaction, though, we wonder if this might not be something more like full-on streaming of NX titles to other hardware, not unlike NVIDIA’s GameStream tech for its Android devices.
Right now, though, this is a lot of guesswork. Recent rumors have pointed to a possible E3 NX launch in June, so we may have our answers in just a few more months.
Source: Takashi Mochizuki (Twitter)