Since the announcement of the Nintendo NX, many have wondered whether it’ll be a new home console device, a handheld console, or a hybrid of both. While much still remains a mystery, we learned in a 4Gamer interview with Koei Tecmo President and CEO Yoichi Erikawa that it’s apparently a home console device.
4Gamer: On one hand, virtual reality requires special machinery to play, and we feel that the current state of “games” is headed to yet another way of playing. It’s almost as if it’s evolving towards the opposite direction of smartphones, and requires to “only play at that spot,” or something along those lines. Lately it seems that [home] consoles haven’t been doing too well, but is that the case? At least that’s what we’re wondering.
Erikawa: “Actually, I think that it’ll start doing much better. The PlayStation 4 has recently surpassed 2 million units in nationwide sales, and Nintendo announced a new ‘machine’ called the NX. From this point forward, I believe that each company will make clear commitments for these machines.”
While Erikawa’s comments don’t rule out the possibilities of the Nintendo NX being a hybrid or both home and handheld consoles, it makes it apparent that it likely won’t be a standalone handheld console as some may have speculated.
Nintendo is expected to reveal more on the NX in 2016.