Nintendo is currently developing a mysterious new video game console under the code name “NX.” Numerous reports (all unconfirmed by Nintendo) indicated that NX would launch in time for the holiday 2016 season, but Nintendo recently confirmed that it’s actually set to launch in March of next year. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has stated that NX won’t launch until next year because it’s more important to launch properly with a strong software lineup than to launch in time for the holidays.
While this alone is a sensible reason for the wait, Chinese electronics newspaper DigiTimes is claiming that there’s more to the story. According to their sources, the delay (an unofficial one at that) was partially because “Nintendo wished to enhance the game console’s video-game/handheld-game-integrated gaming experience and add virtual reality function into the system to gain advantages in the upcoming video game and mobile game competitions.” DigiTimes claims that Nintendo NX combines the video gaming experience with the mobile gaming experience.
“The device features a 5- to 7-inch display, controller and joystick for users to play as a mobile gaming product, but it is also able to connect to a TV for users to play as a video game system. Nintendo is now planning to add VR function to the device to satisfy the popular trend in the gaming market.”
previously reported that NX would go into mass production early this year with a targeted mid-2016 launch. However, their sources claim that Nintendo has “recently given them (suppliers) a new mass production schedule and asked them to start mass producing some key components at the end of 2016.” Additionally, DigiTimes’ previous report indicated that Nintendo expected to ship 20 million units for the first year, but its shipment target is now only 9.5-10 million units.
While DigiTimes is a respected publication, I’d advise that you take their claims with a grain (or several) of salt. Although Nintendo executives have stated that they are
exploring the use of virtual reality and keeping an eye on how the tech is evolving, Shigeru Miyamoto believes that virtual reality doesn’t fit with the company’s philosophy. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has also expressed his belief that virtual reality simply isn’t fun.