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Switch manufacturing costs could be to blame for software price disparity

The additional costs of manufacturing a Switch game cartridge over a PS4 or Xbox One disc could see multiplatform releases costing more on Nintendo’s machine. Eurogamer reports that two titles – Rime and Puyo Puyo Tetris – cost more on Switch than they do on other platforms. In the former …

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Nintendo confirms that Wii U production IS ending

Having denied it just days ago, Nintendo has now conceded that the end has come for Wii U. Just last week a report claimed that production was due to end last Friday (November 4th). Nintendo at the time denied this, but has now confirmed that yes, manufacturing is coming to …

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UK chip giant ARM acquired by SoftBank

SoftBank Group has agreed to purchase UK processor firm ARM in a bid to grow its presence in the mobile and ‘Internet of Things’ spaces. The 24.3bn deal will see the Japanese firm take over the Cambridge-based ARM, which provides mobile processor and graphics technology to major manufacturers such as …

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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? …

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iPhone 6 Plus versus iPhone 6 – $100 more to buy, $16 more to produce

The price disparity between Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is not representative of the extra costs incurred in its manufacture. That’s according to a new IHS report, which claims that despite costing $100 more to buy in the US (and 80 more in the UK) it only …

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PlayStation business back in profit as PS4 production costs fall

Sony has credited the strong” performance of PS4 for a good performance in its quarter ending June 30th. Sony’s overall numbers saw sales and operating revenue climb 5.8 per cent to 1,809.9bn, with operating income nearly doubling at 69.8bn. The Game and Network Services division, home of its PlayStation business, …

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Xbox hardware supplies have overtaken demand, Microsoft says

Microsoft CFO Amy Hood has told investors that there will be a "channel inventory drawdown for Xbox consoles". An inventory drawdown is the process of reducing the amount of available inventory of a product which, as Gamasutra points out, implies that Microsoft has produced more Xbox consoles than it is …

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Time also called on Wii in Europe

If you’re in the UK and in the market for a Wii, now is the time to act. Having confirmed that the machine is no longer being supplied to the Japanese market, Nintendo has now revealed that Europe too will not be receiving any further stock of the machine. Wii …

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The Wii lives on in America

Nintendo has confirmed that American retail will continue to be supplied with Wii consoles. MCV reported earlier this week that a message on the Wii page of Nintendo’s Japanese site confirmed that production of the console had ceased in the region. However, that does not reflect its fate elsewhere. "The …

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