Eurogamer released a report earlier this week that sent waves blasting through the industry. According to their sources, the Nintendo NX will be powered by a Nvidia ‘Tegr X1’ chip, a component that has been found in a few high-end tablets and Nvidia’s own Shield TV. The report also stated that the NX is indeed a hybrid system, thus the reason why a mobile chip was chosen.
The variant that was stated in the report is nearly three years old. It’s more powerful than the chips found in the PS3, 360 and even Wii U, but it’s still less more powerful than that of the Xbox One. A new reporter has come forward with some interesting news:
Since it is being discussed elsewhere, I can say with confidence that Nvidia will announce a Pascal Tegra chip for NX.
— Direct-Feed Games (@DirectFeedGames) July 29, 2016
The Pascal chip goes under the name of the Tegra X2, which is more powerful and more energy efficient than the previously stated X1. The boost in power would put the system a little further than that of the standard Xbox One. As we all know, both the PS4 and XBO will be getting more powerful variants within the coming months, the Scorpio and Neo, respectively.
The NX using a Tegra-class chip would put it further back than those new units, but since both Sony and Microsoft have stated repeatedly that those systems are not replacements for the existing models, the NX should be able to ride alongside without much issue. SEGA has already announced Project Sonic 2017 will be coming to the NX, along with PS4, Xbox One and PC. This goes to show that the NX can run multi-platform games.