The Nintendo NX, Nintendo’s competition to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox, has supposedly been delayed.
According to a recent report mass production of the upcoming console has been delayed until 2017. However unlike most delays, this has been done for a positive reason. Whereas Microsoft and Sony are having to release updated versions of their consoles to integrate VR and the latest technology, Nintendo is going to incorporate VR from the off. According to Digitimes, VR functionality and improved console and handheld integration are the reason are the reasons behind this delay.
This integration is essential as various sources have claimed that the console combines domestic and portable functionality. The console will supposedly have a 5 to 7-inch display, a controller and joystick thus allowing users to use it as a mobile gaming platform when they are out and about. It will also be able to connect to a TV, like a traditional domestic console, however for when you are able to sit back and relax.
Sources also claim that the case mold for the NX has been in development for over a year, but with this push back only a small amount of the key components will be made this year instead of the full production as previously planned.
Reports also state that Nintendo has scaled down its order volume for the NX, with it being 20 million previously and now only 10 million. This is due to a combination of the Wii U’s poor sales and a supposedly shrinking market for consoles, even though the PlayStation 4 recently eclipsed 40 million sales.
Overall this delay should benefit the Nintendo and the NX, as producing a more polished console should be expected to.