Nintendo’s subsequent console may wrestle with Change backward compatibility

Developer claims that chip incompatibility may hijack a easy transition to a next-generation console.


Though Nintendo has no plans to exchange the Nintendo Change anytime quickly, it has admitted that it is engaged on a successor – hinting that it could possibly be an all-new console moderately than the much-rumoured Change Professional. Nevertheless, this might show unlucky for many who have accrued 100s of Change video games through the years.

That is as a result of famend YouTuber and developer, ModernVintageGamer, believes {that a} shift to extra highly effective, incompatible elements may result in points with backward compatibility: “If Nintendo is to maneuver away from the Tegra X1, which all of us really feel strongly that they are going to in all probability do, present Change video games gained’t work on new {hardware}, that’s with out recompiling the video games to focus on that {hardware},” he stated in his newest video (as reported by VGC).

Shifting the principle processing chip may imply that every developer must return to their former video games to construct in compatibility – and that is historically one thing that a lot of them aren’t prepared or can’t afford to do. Simply take Xbox backward compatibility for example. Whereas tons of of Xbox 360 and authentic Xbox video games have been made suitable for Xbox One and, finally, Xbox Sequence X/S, 1000’s extra weren’t. Regardless that the Xbox One system used emulation.

That could possibly be a route Nintendo takes too, however it could rely upon the Change 2 (because it’s at present being termed) having a significantly extra energy processing chipset than the present Change OLED mannequin.

ModernVintageGamer additionally means that Nintendo may embrace a Tegra X1 chip alongside any new CPU, which might be used solely to make sure that present Change video games will be run with out points. However, that can make a brand new console significantly dearer, we would think about.

For us, it actually is determined by whether or not Nintendo desires a actually Change 2 or Change Professional, or if it plans to introduce one thing altogether totally different. If it is the latter, you usually tend to get a complete swathe of remasters and reissues (once more) moderately than true backward compatibility.

One good bit of reports is that the Change On-line retro video games library is greater than prone to be transferred regardless, says MVG.