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Forums - Nintendo Discussion - Source: NX "Is Definitely Not Aiming To Compete With PS4 On Horsepower"

numberwang said:

I thought about a potential NX home console and until now I just couldn't see an open market for it. The power market is set by the PS4 (and PC), the casual market by smartphones, etc. Even the XB1 is struggling to find an audience in between. The market seems cramped.

Now the one place that Nintendo still could go is low price. A 150$ Nintendo box, later down to 99$. The price is the gimmick.

4 ARM cores and a GPU by AMD, slightly above WiiU and below XB1. 4GB DDR3 RAM.

No optical drive, just download (maybe cards like 3DS). The WiiU remains the disc based option for some years.

Standard controller with Amiibo support but no screen.

Limited BC though the VC for well selling classics.

Most WiiU games get ported, eg Mario3D, Kart8, Splatoon, ZeldaU.

Home console for $150 in 2016. and later for $99!?

That sound very unrealistic, Wii U is still $299 and you are expecting stronger console next year for half of that price. I cant see it, but price around $249 definitely, espacialy if it is a hybrid device.

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Very doable if you cut costs like HDD, optical drive and custom electronics. The WiiU is more expensive because of many things, like the screen on the gamepad and the related wireless tech plus research costs, custom chips from IBM and AMD etc. A fresh off-the shelf solution with no extras doesn't cost much.

Awesome idea! Now about that backwards compatibility - what is that going to run on with those parts removed? Hopes and dreams?