No AMD Polaris & x86 Architecture For Nintendo NX Claims Insider; Raw Power Much Closer To Xbox One


Nintendo’s upcoming new console, the Nintendo NX, won’t be using x86 architecture and AMD Polaris chips if a Nintendo insider it to be believed.

Recently we reported on a rumor on how the Nintendo NX would be using x86 architecture alongside additional screen support. Additionally, it was said that Nintendo’s upcoming dedicated home console would feature a custom 14nm Polaris-like GPU. In theory, this chip was rumored to be twice as powerful as the current PS4 GPU. The rumor was debunked however by Nintendo insider, Emily Roger, who stated that this information was in fact, incorrect.

Rogers has now taken to her blog to talk more about the Nintendo NX architecture and its power. If Rogers it to go by, the Nintendo NX won’t be using x86 architecture, and the Polaris rumors circulating the web are “all wacky”.

After speaking to seven different people this week, I can say with confidence that this is false. NX is not using x86 architecture like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The NX has special, custom-made chips and the overall design of the hardware is very modern. The chips are industry leading because they are very modern chips, but having modern chips doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo is aiming to create the most powerful hardware on the market. Furthermore, any NX rumors on “Polaris chips” and “Polaris architecture” are all wacky. There’s a good reason why those rumors are wacky.

The insider also had something to share about the “raw power” of the Nintendo NX, which should be much closer to the performance of the Xbox One, than Sony’s Playstation 4. According to what Rogers has heard, the NX won’t be directly competing with Sony’s PS4 Neo 4K.

“In terms of raw power, numerous sources tell me that NX is much closer to Xbox One than PlayStation 4. Even that might be stretching it a tiny bit. Anyone who is claiming that NX is “two times the power of PS4 GPU” is being misled by their sources. Based on what I’ve heard, I don’t believe the NX will compete directly with PS4 (Neo) / PS4K in raw power”, Rogers wrote on her blog.

The Nintendo NX is slated for a release in March 2017, and while it’s hardware will be industry leading, it won’t be going to “blow away any of the consoles on the market today”, according to Rogers.