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Nikkei: Nintendo's NX platform will use an Android OS

HUELEN10

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Well I guess it's probably a cheap machine intended to play the few mobile Nintendo games that will come out.
Just before anybody freaks out, an android-derived OS doesn't imply that it's a tiny 69 dollar android box or something.
Welp...

Seriously guys, it may use a forked version of a type of popular Linux as a basis. So what? That has ZERO to do with compatibility, UI, security, or anything else. Stop taking this as something it's not guys.
 

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This is bad. Android has a huge Piracy Problem, and I think the last thing Nintendo wants is bad sales because of that. They better have a Solution for that
Nintendo has a damn fucking aggressive legal team, so I reckon they've worked out something they're confident in at least. That said, DS/3DS piracy was mad..
 

Hazu

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What does it mean exactly?

I know nothing about OS and things like that.
 

watershed

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It makes sense in terms of how Nintendo has been getting a lot of successful mobile games onto the 3ds lately. It will make their platform more accessible.
 

P44

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Uh, doesn't the topic title needs an edit for rumor? "Inside source," isn't confirmation.
Nikkei before E3; its a rumour but fuck it's Nikkei about Nintendo just before E3 its probably true maybe not. EMOTIONS.
 

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Android-based? I wonder if Nintendo will be able to prevent widespread piracy which I imagine would be a very serious problem for them (unless all their new content is F2P).
Is piracy truly an issue for a company so big in the possible ecosystem of the Android platform? The player base they'd be opening themselves up to effortless dwarfs those who would hunt for pirated copies and the like.

Not saying for them to be flabby, but they're such a company where they very likely won't struggle.
 

Faustek

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Just before anybody freaks out, an android-derived OS doesn't imply that it's a tiny 69 dollar android box or something.
True and people tried to explain this but no one could wrap their narrow mind around it.
Anyway, good. Now they should do faster emulating work.

There will be absolutely nothing related to NX at e3.
People will still be miffed and we will still have to remind them that they already said that.
 

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Hope this just means Android apps and games will work on this device. Otherwise, piracy of Nintendo games will probably increase greatly.
 

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No way to know. There are no hard facts we know of besides the Android OS and the fact that NX is a dedicated gaming platform. We don't even know if it is a handheld or a home console. There is no reason to freak out or even be underwhelmed. We know nothing and the machine is at least 17 months away from landing on store shelves.
 

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Mind posting an excerpt through the google translator tool, or is said content paid and therefore not be able to be posted?

No one doubts you, but it would be nice to see it being elaborated upon at least.
I'm not going to post the entire article, but the relevant part is here:

■「OSはアンドロイド」

 京都市南区上鳥羽の任天堂本社近く。昨年6月に竣工した白亜の開発棟がそびえる。ここでは今年3月、社長の岩田聡がその存在を明らかにした新型ゲーム機、開発コード「NX」のサンプル作りが進んでいる。会社側は「全く新しいコンセプトのゲーム専用機」「2016年に発表する」としか明かさず、携帯型か据え置き型かもわからない。だが、ある関係者はこう明かす。「基本ソフト(OS)はグーグルの『アンドロイド』を搭載する方向だ」。

 「任天堂の歴史的大転換だ」。関係者はこう続ける。任天堂が日本初の本格家庭用ゲーム機「ファミリーコンピュータ」を発売したのが1983年。以来、同社は9種類の主力ゲーム機を開発してきたが、そのスタンスは徹底した「自前主義」だった。コアとなる半導体から記録媒体、OSに至るまで独自仕様で固めた。94年にソニーが「プレイステーション(PS)」でゲーム機に参入し、汎用的なCD-ROMをソフトの記録媒体に採用したときも、当時社長だった山内溥は「読み込みスピードが遅くてアカン」といって独自のカセット方式にこだわった。

 アンドロイドが本格的に採用されるとなれば、そのインパクトは大きい。世界に普及したOSで「あらゆるソフト開発者の参入を促すことができ、スマホやタブレットなどさまざまなデバイスに展開が可能になる」(同関係者)。

 「大転換」を促した第一の要因は、潮が引くようなソフトメーカーの任天堂離れだ。2012年に発売した主力の据え置き型機「Wii U」は手元のコントローラーとテレビという2画面を使える画期的な製品だったが、それが裏目に出た。他社のゲーム機と互換性がなく、多額の開発費を投じてゲームソフトを作っても、1つのゲーム機向けにしか発売できなければ投資回収は難しい。ソフトメーカー発ではWii U唯一の大作ゲームだったスクウェア・エニックスの「ドラゴンクエスト」も、次作からソニーのPS4で発売される。
(And before anyone freaks out, the final line about the next Dragon Quest game being on PS4 is probably referring to DQH2. :p)
 

vinnygambini

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Not speculation. It specifically states an inside source, and they quote the source directly in the article.
Corporate Nintendo will always claim otherwise when the news spread; however, the Nikkei has been mostly on the money in regards to Nintendo.

Maybe Nintendo is looking at Android OS as their basis for their own internally developed-operating system? It would surprise me if Nintendo adopted Android OS outright.
 

vareon

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Not anywhere
Welp...

Seriously guys, it may use a forked version of a type of popular Linux as a basis. So what? That has ZERO to do with compatibility, UI, security, or anything else. Stop taking this as something it's not guys.
I'm not the technical guy to do this, but someone might need to explain what "based on android" means XD
 

Strange Young Man

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A lot of assumptions about form factor and hardware specifications are going to be presented by people who don't have any real understanding about what they're talking about.
 
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People already seem to assume that "android based" means "criminally underpowered because it's the OS of smartphones".

Way to jump to conclusions already, guys!
 

Azure Dream

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Less time building basic features, more time skinning it with Nintendo-style quirks. I'm ok with this.

Granted, Nintendo may actively disable some features they'd get for free, because that can be their style. But it gives them a base to work from, anyway.
 

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Guys, just because it's running Android doesn't mean it's going to be an Ouya. Knowing Nintendo I'm pretty sure they're going to make a super customized skin like FireOS.

People seem to forget the Dreamcast ran Windows CE. That didn't mean the Dreamcast was suddenly a computer.
 

Coppanuva

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Probably the former, a la Fire OS.

The idea here would presumably not be for Nintendo to give up all control of the NX OS.
That's what I was thinking, it's likely to be a (heavily) modified version of AOSP with some security/anti-piracy measures thrown in. I'd be very curious what they do to the system, since I imagine using AOSP for a console requires a lot of heavy optimizing since Android is not the most efficient platform.
 

Faustek

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Hope this just means Android apps and games will work on this device. Otherwise, piracy of Nintendo games will probably increase greatly.
Just because Google haven't implemented heavy ass DRM it doesn't mean Nintendo will not. Piracy is just as easy as you allow it to be.
 

LeleSocho

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Depends how big is that "based" is Android-based, if highly customized then i don't see huge problems but only lots of advantages, if it uses essentially a skinned version of Android then i see lots of problems.
 

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Guys, just because it's running Android doesn't mean it's going to be an Ouya. Knowing Nintendo I'm pretty sure they're going to make a super customized skin like FireOS.

People seem to forget the Dreamcast ran Windows CE. That didn't mean the Dreamcast was suddenly a computer.
The worry might come from this + Nintendo's recent partnership with DeNA about just what kind of games/console Nintendo is focusing on in the future.
 

Trago

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To be honest, I wouldn't be too surprised, that goes with the whole cross platform thing well.