It is rumored that the next Nintendo console, the Nintendo NX, will see a production delay to 2017.
According to a report by the DigiTimes, The NX was originally going to be mass produced in mid-2016, but has been delayed half a year to March 2017. The reason given, according to anonymous sources, is so Nintendo could incorporate VR functionality into the NX.
The sources by DigiTimes points to the supply chain of Nintendo being disrupted- they claim that the company Foxconn Electronics, which is part of the Hon Hai Precision Industry Company located in Taiwan, were told to begin developing the mold for the console in mid-2015, so that mass production can be done a year later. Now the sources say that Nintendo has told Foxconn to begin mass production of parts in late 2016, ramping up for a 2017 schedule instead. Foxconn would be one of three manufacturing plants involved in the production of the new console, with DigiTimes noting about 40% of the part orders are coming from Foxconn, with the rest of the manufacturing being done by two Japanese companies, Misumi and Hosiden.
The sources also claim that Nintendo is lowering the number of units produced. Originally, Nintendo ordered 20 million units of the NX to ship within the first year, but have now cut that number in half; ordering only 9.5-10 million units instead. There is no explanation for the reduced order, although there is speculation it is due to the weaker performance of the Wii U, and the overall shrinking console market for games.
The source also gives a description of the NX console, claiming it combines the “video gaming experience with the mobile gaming experience,” a long-standing rumor regarding the NX due to Nintendo’s current push into the mobile game market. Outside of halting production to add VR technology, the console will contain a 5-7 inch display, controller and joystick which will work just like a mobile gaming platform, but can also connect to a television and be used as a standard console system.
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