Nintendo NX production delayed to add VR, report claims

You thought the last NX rumour was a beauty? Well get a load of this.

As spotted by Nintendo Life, Digitimes reports that the first production for Nintendo NX components has now been pushed back to early 2017, having originally been pencilled in for the middle of 2016.

The reason? According to sources from the related upstream supply chain”, Nintendo not only wants to enhance” the integrated handheld, but also add in a virtual reality element. The handheld integration has been tipped for a while, but aside from some analyst speculation, VR has been largely absent from the NX rumour mill.

The Digitimes report adds that, yes, the NX will combine home and handheld consoles, the latter of which features a display of between five and seven inches across.

It also claims that Nintendo has lowered its planned manufacturing volumes as a result of the shrinking console market in Japan, and Wii U’s sales failure. Initially it had wanted to make 20m units, but this has been lowered to 10m or less.

Foxconn will be the main manufacturer, with some duties being picked up by Misumi and Hosiden.

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