Reports have been putting the words “20 million units sold in 2016” in Nintendo’s mouth. There is also a buzz about some alleged component suppliers for the upcoming Nintendo NX, along with indications that the game maker is on track to produce the game console by next year.
Taiwan-based Digitimes reports that the Nintendo NX is scheduled to hit mass production somewhere around the end of the first quarter of 2016.
But “despite the fact that the Japan-based company is targeting to ship 20 million units in 2016, the device’s upstream component suppliers expect shipments to only reach around 10-12 million units,” states the report.
The outlet also reports that Foxconn Electronics is expected to take the lead on the production of the NX. But the console will also benefit from parts supplied by Coxon Precise Industrial, Delta Technology, Lingsen Precision Industries, Jentech, Macronix, Nishoku Technology and Pixart Imaging.
The outlet, which also maintains a research arm, is projecting that Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One will sell 18 million and 13 million units in 2016 respectively.
A feat of 10 million or more Nintendo NX consoles shipped would put Nintendo in solid footing against the well established units from Microsoft and Sony, with those two companies already looking forward to the next console generation.
In what would be just a six-year cycle this time around, Sony and Microsoft may be preparing to follow up the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with new game consoles before 2019 comes to a close.
While the current-gen consoles just starting to hit their strides and with the developers really trying to truly push them, Microsoft and Sony are really making sure they do not fall too far behind the latest gaming tech.
As 2.5K and 4K gaming have gained footing in the PC gaming world, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are incapable of fully leveraging the ultra-resolution standards.
Yes, someone could create some amazingly efficient compression and rendering technology to bring 4K to games consoles beyond video playback. But that would be quite the breakthrough.