Here is a question that people have been debating for a few days: can the Nintendo NX beat the PlayStation 4? Or could we even ask if it is going to beat the Xbox? Because taking over these two giants will surely be something. But we really do not expect so much from Nintendo. It has always been a good console, but never that good or with that much demand.
The Wall Street Journal have written a few things on the topic and they seem like enough information to speculate, but not draw solid conclusions. For the time being, the console is just headed towards the developers and it will probably be available for release in 2016. The interesting news is that it might be the type of console that people have been demanding for some time: the “play at home – take with you console.” Yes, they want to make it portable.
The Journal also mentions that Nintendo is going to play rough. No more childish approach, no more “hey, I’m another console on the market; please buy me.” Nintendo seems to want to “put industry-leading chips in the NX devices” most likely as a result of the criticism towards Wii U’s inside gear, which seemed to stand no chance in from of the competition on the market.
It is interesting to think of a world in which Nintendo would hold PlayStation and Xbox in the palm of their hands. It is definitely not something that hardcore gamers can get used to, but we cannot exclude the possibility. We are already used to “bad” games becoming super popular over the night and “good” games turning out to be some of the worst ideas ever, so why can’t consoles get the benefit of the doubt?
PlayStation has been dominating the market for years and that sort of created a “cultural expectation.” The Xbox has pretty much done the same thing, so people have grown used to looking at these two big guys because they are the ideal purchase with good offers and with all producers backing them up with every game they release. Nintendo have been associated with the “oh, and it’s those guys, too” mentality.
We are still waiting for 2016, so the question remains the same: can the Nintendo NX beat the PlayStation 4? Maybe. It is not 100% likely, but we really do not know what to expect. And in situations like these, we’d best let time decide.
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