Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Yet More NX Rumours - Layout, Size, and Region Freedom?

Yep the NX rumours are coming thick and fast in the run up to the upcoming (rumoured) reveal event later in September. 

The chaps over at "Lets Play Video Games" the folks who brought is the previous rumour about the NX fancy rumble and motion controllers has brought yet more to the rumour table.

Layout Rumour
LPVG is now saying the NX features an "share" button much like the one found on the PS4's pad. They say that the actual share functionality allows for both screenshots and videos. These can then be uploaded to Miiverse, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (interestingly Twitch isn't mentioned). Their source also states that Nintendo has (seemingly) abandoned its solid D-pad that's graced all their systems in favour for an PS4 style "split" design. I assume this is to better enable the D-Pad to pull double duty as face buttons when the pad is detached for alleged spiltscreen MP. (though the 2nd picture below raises an eyebrow or three).

Here is their sources own words (and MS paint doodles) on the design.

"As others already said, it’s a hybrid console with detachable controllers that have a split D-Pad, A, B, X, Y, and a camera / share button. However, something I believe none of them have mentioned is the size of the current dev kit.
It’s slightly thicker than the Nintendo 3DS XL when folded, so 25 mm, with a width of around 281 mm and a height of 92 mm with the controllers attached. Separated, the controllers have the same depth and height, and they both have a width of 38 mm, making the console itself have a width of 205 mm.
I’ve made a picture detailing where the TV port, headphone port, SD Card port, power button and cartridge port can be found.
NX Layout 1
One final thing I thought I should discuss is how the controllers connect. They’re both held by the console via a hole in each side of the system where the controllers can connect to. It sort of looks like this.
NX Layout 2
To take it out, there’s a button on the back of each controller that lowers the center spike that keeps it in place, making it eject from the system."

Region Rumour
Both LPVG and Emily Rodgers (infamous sniffer) are both stating that the NX Prototypes and the NX Dev Kits are currently region free with no sign from the Big N that this will change for the retail units. It makes a lot of sense to have the NX region free as it allows Nintendo to use a single stock for the world market, no need to produce more units for Japan when you have EU units gathering dust. With all of the NX's rivals (consoles/tablets) being region free it seems wise to bow to this particular piece of pier pressure.

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