Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime states that the upcoming Nintendo NX console is not solely about power, announcing the platform is about ‘content’ not ‘teraflops’.
Although this year’s E3 presentations had a fair number of exciting games on show, there was also a large focus on the hardware side of things. As one notable example, Microsoft was happy to discuss new models of the Xbox One, with particular interest in the six teraflop Project Scorpio. Nintendo, too, has new hardware on the way in the form on the NX – however, the company appears to be taking a very different route to Microsoft.
That is, according to Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime. The Nintendo executive was asked about how the NX is going to fare against Project Scorpio and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Neo by Bloomberg, and Fils-Aime did not seem phased by the power behind these two new competitors. Instead, he explained that the NX is going to be all about content, not teraflops.
“For us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us, it’s about the content,” explained Reggie Fils-Aime. Rather than devoting time to console power, it seems as though Nintendo is going to angle itself towards an overall better gaming experience. “We’re focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future. So for us, whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of talking about new systems, that’s for them to fight out in that red ocean.”
Nintendo has a history of not quite hitting the same spec heights as its rivals, although that has sometimes not damaged the company’s standing in the various generations of console wars. The Wii proved to be an incredibly popular console commercially, selling by the millions in spite of its inferior horsepower in comparison to the Xbox 360 and PS3. Indeed, recently publisher Ubisoft used the console as a positive point of reference for the NX, stating that it expected the new console to bring back the Wii fanbase.
Fils-Aime’s comments may not come as happy news for those gamers expecting Nintendo to release a console with mindblowing specs, however, as his wording may suggest that the NX is not going to be a graphical powerhouse. Nonetheless, should the console be able to provide content as stunning as the early gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind, then fans may well be ecstatic anyway.
The Nintendo of America head has certainly been vocal of late. Fils-Aime also discussed the viability of virtual reality for the mass market recently, stating that VR is not ready for the mainstream just yet. Whether the NX manages to tap into this large demographic when it releases, however, remains to be seen.