Rumor: Nintendo NX mass production postponed to early 2017 to add VR functionality

Device will reportedly feature five- to seven-inch display.


Nintendo has postponed mass production of its new console, code-named NX, from mid-2016 to early 2017 in order to enhance its “video-game/handheld-game-integrated gaming experience” with virtual reality functions, according to sources of Digitimes “from the related upstream supply chain.”

The outlet claims the device will be assembled by Foxconn Electronics, and that the device will feature a five- to seven-inch display, controller, and joystick for users to play as a handheld, but is also able to connect to a TV for users to play as a home console.

According to Digitimes, Nintendo has also reduced its order volume for NX. It had originally planned to order 20 million units for the first year, but its shipment target is now only 9.5 to 10 million units. The site’s sources believe this reduction is due to the fact that the console market has been shrinking, as well as concerns triggered by Wii U’s unsatisfactory shipment performance of two million units in 2015.

NX is currently scheduled for launch in March 2017.

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