Nintendo NX release date confirmed?

Nintendo NX release
25 April 2016

AMD's Q1 2016 earnings may sound like a fantastically boring thing, but if you look closely in them, it looks like the release date for the new Nintendo NX console has been revealed.

That, or the new 4K version of the PlayStation 4.

In the report, they estimate a 15% revenue increase in Q2 2016, thanks to three semi-custom system-on-chips (SOC). Again, that sounds really boring, but for them, it could bring in over a billion American dollars in revenue over the next couple of years.

Why? Well, the SOCs are used in consoles, and with a predicted spike in earnings, you could deduce that there's going to be a new bit of technology coming out which is going to sell heavily.

There's rumours that AMD are building two new products for Nintendo - the NX console we know about; we also know that Nintendo love a handheld device too.

Of course, the 4K PS4 is due for release too, and the SOC could be something to do with the rebooted Sony console.

AMD's CEO Lisa Su says: "If you think about the semi-custom business in the past few years, the third quarter is always the peak."

"It will be the peak this year, as well, but we're starting some of the ramping in the second quarter as we build to the stronger third quarter."

So while the exact release date is still unclear, it looks like AMD will be doing a lot of work in Autumn, which sensibly means that we could see the Nintendo NX hitting the shelves early in 2017.

Better start saving your pennies, as Nintendo are likely to hit the ground running with this, with a load of in-house games ready for launch, rather than having people sit around waiting for them, like previous console releases.

What's the use in having a new games console if there's no actual games to play on it. Great news for fans of Pokemon, Mario, and Zelda.

TOPICS:   Games

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