UPDATE: Nintendo's NX controller apparently shown off in new images - Could they be the genuine article?
UPDATE: As it turns out, both of these sets of images were fake. The first was a mock-up in 3D, superimposed over a photo, here's a video showing how it was done. There's some Dumb and Dumber in there too. Not sure why.
The second set looked a whole lot more tangible, and there's a reason for that. It was. The controller was 3D printed and photographed in situ, by Frank Sandqvist from Finland. The trouble some folk will go to for a little attention...
We all love a new console, right? That's we devour these kinds of rumours up like the info-hungry beasts we are. Nintendo's long-rumoured NX is sure to be the next major console to appear, and after the rather damp squib that was the Wii U, the Japanese videogame giant will be hoping its next venture will prove to be a much more captivating piece of technology.
In December of last year talk of a patent filed by the company popped up on NeoGAF, it described "information processing aparatus" that took an "ellipitcal form when viewing from the front", with "a display panel and a touch panel" that "constitute one main surface" and "two operation sticks". It's a rather long-winded description - the images that accompanied the patent gave a much better idea of what was intended.
Then last week, Dual Pixels happened upon this image. It was believed to show the controllers intended for the Nintendo NX. Compared to the patent, it appears to be a pretty good match. The right shape, full screen across its face, joysticks in the right place, B button, apparent shoulder buttons, reserved lower section. Could this really be the controller for Nintendo's next generation?
The internet was rightfully sceptical. Hoaxes are rife, and with the excitement surrounding any new console, images like this make easy prey of those too quick to believe. There was an overriding feeling that this image could well be a fake, in spite of the similarities to the patent images that came about at the tail end of last year.
Today though, new images of the same controller (or rather a black version of the same model) have popped up on Reddit, via user Perkele37, lending new credence to the possibility that this could well be the new controller you'll be getting to grips with once Nintendo's new console finally arrives. Or could it be a separate handheld device? Could it be both?
At this point we can only speculate, but that's part of the fun. Perkele37 also dropped several bullet-points identifying some potential areas of interest,
- Only the upper 'nubs' of the sticks move. The bottom part is static (kind of like the circle pad, but it moves along the bottom 'sphere'.
- The rollers on the top feel and look pretty much identical to a mouse scroll-wheel. Though I do don't believe this will be the final design.
- Haptic feedback is feels like Apples 'taptic' engine. Not like regular rumble.
- 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.
They also pointed out that this is a controller for the dev-kit console, so it's be no means a final design. It does look like a prototype of sorts, doesn't it? It also looks liable to give you severe hand-cramps if used for more than ten minutes at a time. New iterations (maybe even alternate models) are likely to emerge.
What's your take on this kind of leak? Could it be the real McCoy? Is prototype technology worthy of our speculation? Could Nintendo be modelling their newest controller after Sony's PS Vita? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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