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EA Boss On Change 2 Rumors: ‘New Platforms Are Good For Us’


With every passing day, the rumored Nintendo Change 2 feels ever extra actual as builders see the machine in non-public conferences and tech manufacturers rush to produce more LCD screens. The Mario maker is cooking up one thing for vacation 2024, although the corporate has remained as tightlipped as ever a few successor to the seven-year-old handheld-console hybrid. However different recreation corporations are (type of) speaking in regards to the speculated system, together with EA CEO Andrew Wilson, who was requested in regards to the rumored Change 2 in an investor assembly.

In response to Eurogamer, traders lately questioned Wilson on how the Change 2—or no matter Nintendo finally ends up calling it—would impression EA’s enterprise. Wilson mentioned that he might “completely not touch upon something that has not been introduced or acknowledge it in any means” however did share his ideas on the promise of latest platforms, typically.

What I’d say to the extent that platforms over the course of the final 20 years have come out and provided improved CPU, GPU, reminiscence, battery life, display decision…the place we’re capable of ship extra immersion for our gamers, significantly round our largest franchises like FC, like Madden, like Battlefield, like Apex that has usually been superb for our enterprise. Our gamers’ capacity to essentially expertise our video games on the highest degree has usually labored out very properly for us. And so with out commenting in any respect on something round Nintendo or the Change, I’d simply say new platforms are good for us, the place new platforms provide improved CPU, GPU, reminiscence, battery life, display decision that usually is a plus for our specific portfolio of video games and the group that performs them.

The Nintendo Change 2 is anticipated to be extra highly effective than the 2017 model of the console. In response to Tom’s Hardware, the successor system ought to leverage Nvidia’s Ampere CPU and GPU, whereas the predecessor featured a customized Tegra processor that was succesful however not significantly highly effective. The SoC (system-on-a-chip) imagined to be slotted into the Nintendo Change 2 ought to have a 128-bit reminiscence interface and as much as 102GB/s of bandwidth to LPDDR5 RAM, as reported by Ars Technica through Digital Foundry’s evaluation. This may mark an enormous leap in efficiency, with the SoC able to attaining greater body charges, which ought to make video games like Tears of the Kingdom look higher and cargo sooner. Whereas it’s completely doable that Nintendo might go the way in which of the Wii U and serve us one thing fully totally different than what’s at the moment rumored, if all the pieces checks out the way in which that it’s, then the Nintendo Change 2 will, on the very least, be an enchancment over its predecessor.

Quite a lot of EA video games are on the Nintendo Change proper now, together with the aforementioned Apex Legends, in addition to a number of FIFA video games (and the rebranded FC titles),and well-liked indies like It Takes Two. Not all the pieces EA develops is at the moment on the handheld-console hybrid—each Battlefield and Madden aren’t—but when a brand new, extra highly effective console debuts, we may even see much more EA titles made out there.

Kotaku has reached out to EA for remark.

The Nintendo Change 2 would possibly nonetheless be formally introduced, however we’ve truly heard fairly a bit in regards to the console. It can reportedly function an 8-inch LCD display (which is greater than the requirements’s 6.2-inch show and the OLED’s 7-inch display), will nonetheless be transportable, and will embrace some type of backward compatibility. The Nintendo Change 2 may be very a lot sounding just like the Nintendo Change—however higher.