During the corporate management policy briefing held this morning in Tokyo, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata mentioned some very interesting details about the next generation of consoles that will be released by the historical manufacturer as Macquarie Securities Senior Research Analyst David Gibson reports on Twitter (integrated by the liveblog on the Wall Street Journal).
Iwata-san said that in previous generations there was a large gap in technology between portable consoles and home consoles (mostly because portables work on batteries), but nowadays that gap has narrowed thanks to technological advancement. He doesn’t know yet if the next consoles will be actually be merged in one, but at least they won’t be completely separate systems, and their relationship will be like that between “brothers and sisters”.
According to Iwata-san it’s not possible for them to have different architectures anymore. iOS and Android have a single architecture for all devices and Nintendo plans to do the same in the future.
This actually sounds really intriguing: having a close relationship between the flagship home console and its portable counterpart is something Sony is already trying successfully with the PS4 and the PS Vita. Nintendo definitely has everything to gain in attempting the same, and possibly making said relationship even closer and more connected.