Nintendo is in the current gaming market with its two major consoles, which are Nintendo Wii U and 3DS, the company’s handheld console is doing fine but the Wii U has been in constant trouble since its launch. Most people think Nintendo should upgrade Wii U and add some more to its power, consequently, rumors are surfacing that Nintendo has already started working on a next-gen console and the manufacturer has already chosen a system on chip design which is perhaps based on an existing SoC.
Nintendo Has Initiated Development On A Next-Gen Console – New SoC Design Is Already Selected
Nintendo was the first one to jump into the eighth generation of gaming with its Wii U console that was launched back in 2012. Despite its inventive design, improved capabilities and advanced user interface, Wii U failed to even meet the demand of fairly old PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Causes behind Wii U’s obscurity are many, one of the prime of which is lack of game titles. The console’s hardware competencies are only slightly above the previous-gen consoles and nowhere near the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this has left Wii U with very little developers attention.
Since the day of launch, Nintendo Wii U’s appeal and sales are really upsetting. The console is stuck between previous and next generation of gaming. Keeping the facts in view, Nintendo needs to upgrade the Wii U to keep up with the gaming industry or it needs to develop a whole new machine with upturned hardware potential.
It seems like Nintendo is already aware of the situation, and so reports are coming in that the company has already started developing a next-gen platform. Latest report (or rumor) comes from a neoGAF user Wsippel who believes that Nintendo is going to launch a new handheld. He says:
“Almost certainly off-topic, but I don’t quite want to make a new thread, because it would go to shit quickly. Also, I’d need to post a source, and I don’t really want to get people in trouble.
Anyway, Nintendo apparently started working on a new platform in early 2013 and has already selected a vendor for the SoC after talking to several potential candidates. The SoC might be based on an existing design, but will be changed to fit Nintendo’s requirements. I assume it’s for their next handheld, though.”
Now rumors utter that Nintendo’s new console would perhaps be a handheld, but I do not think it would be like that. Nintendo 3DS is in no way a headache to the company, the handheld is doing great in the market, even if the company is planning its successor, it would be released in late 2015 at the earliest. Although this is just an opinion, Nintendo has a history of passing on handhelds quickly, Game Boy Advance was only latest for about three years when the company launched Nintendo DS.
On the other hand, Wii U needs serious concentration, console’s attraction is decreasing with every new game that is released for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Nintendo should upgrading Wii U’s specifications or at least start paying developers some extra bucks for developing better and more games for the console.
Another possibility is a new variant, Nintendo does not hesitate in introducing newer versions of its consoles, take 2DS as an example that originally came from 3DS, so the company’s new console project could also be based on a new improved version of Nintendo Wii U or 3DS. Again, 2DS is already there, so this is probably a new variant of Nintendo Wii U.
Whatever it is, we will only know clearly once Nintendo itself decides to make a public announcement. For now all the talks are just speculations with no solid proofs. But this report comes from a considerable user. Wsippel has already leaked various inside information’s from time to time and he had also verified his sources by moderators of neoGAF so it is unlikely that he starts to posting something fake. And the last thing is, Xbox One had also been in development for several years, so this could be a proper next-gen console by the company that would come in 2016 or 2017.