A couple of weeks back we heard rumors that the Nintendo NX will feature a handheld system with detachable controllers. It seems like this might be true. Some patent images have emerged online that confirms the news.
Dug up by NeoGAF patent sleuth Disorientator, the patent is titled “Accessory and Information Processing System“. The patent was made back in January, but the images were published today. Looking at the diagram one can make out that it’s a detachable controller add-on that can connect to the side of a portable gaming device. Of course, these pictures are meant to simply demonstrate the idea and the product itself may look very different.
This controller add-on sends information to the system using an infrared camera (the small numbered squares) that reads the player’s button presses, instead of using electric signals. As NeoGAF user Disorientator noted: “It’s basically a plastic shell with the camera/software doing all the work.” The need for electrical components is removed that helps lower the cost of the device because there wouldn’t be the need to be wired up and be powered to transmit inputs.
Although Nintendo has been entirely tight-lipped about the device, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot shared his thoughts: “What we have seen is really great,” he said, “We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow, and to take lots more casual players back to the industry.” It’s pretty clear that Nintendo NX is targeting the casual market. NX could become a huge success if NX can attract the masses.
Nintendo NX is set to be officially revealed in September. “NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year,” the company had said. The console will be launched globally in March 2017.