A report from Eurogamer.com seems to confirm what rumors have long suggested: Nintendo's next system, code named the NX, isn't really a console and it isn't really a handheld — it's both. But it's probably less like your Xbox and more like your iPad.
Think about the Wii U's tablet-like controller. Now, imagine that both sides of it, where the sticks and buttons are, could be detached from the screen. That's basically the premise of what Eurogamer sources say the new system is like.
The catch, though, is that this system can also connect to your TV, where it will operate less like a Nintendo 3DS and more like a Nintendo Wii. This would put all of Nintendo's future games on one system, and it would mean that you can play the exact same games on the road as you would at home, with no real caveats.
Eurogamer reports that the NX will play games on catridges, like the 3DS does, rather than discs like other consoles on the market. In terms of power, they say it uses at least some version of the Nvidia Tegra graphics chip. If so, that probably makes the NX more powerful that the Xbox 360 and PS3, but not something that's going to outshine the PlayStation 4 in terms of raw graphics.
One game we do know it's powerful enough to run: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
All of that information and speculation aside, this could be a really smart move for Nintendo. By dedicating all of their development teams to one hybrid system instead of splitting them between handhelds and consoles, the NX could be flooded with the best experiences Nintendo has to offer. Now you wouldn't need to buy a handheld for the latest Pokemon and a console for the latest Zelda. It would all just be one system.
We'll know more later this year, as reports suggest that the console will be officially unveiled in September, leading up to its confirmed release date in early 2017.