Much has been made of Microsoft’s ‘Project Scorpio’ and the PS4 Neo, but one gaming giant which was conspicuous by its near-absence at E3 was Nintendo with its NX console. Since then Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has come out and said the Japanese giant isn’t interested in the graphical arms race, claiming content is king above teraflops and performance.
“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,” Fils-Aime said.
“So for us 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.”
I think any possibility of the Nintendo NX vastly outstripping the performance of even the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles has been thrown out the window, but what it’s really going to come down to is the quality of the hardware and software rather than the sheer grunt of the machine. The worry is that Nintendo tries to adopt yet another gimmick, rather than stick to what it does best - make quality games.
With this statement Reggie has put the spotlight on the NX’s launch line-up though. We know next to nothing about it, but considering most of its in-house studios have been silent for years, and what has put out has been mostly filler, Nintendo could well have a solid lineup ready.