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Nintendo Delays Console In Development, Switches Focus to Mobile Devices

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Nintendo Moves to Mobile

President Satoru Iwata announces Nintendo’s plan to stop development on a new console to focus on emerging mobile markets

Last year Nintendo announced they had started development on a new next gen console, following the poor sales rate of the Wii U. Their plan was to re-capture the hardcore gaming market, giving the Playstation 4 and Xbox One a real challenge. All of that has apparently changed according to an announcement today from Nintendo President Satoru Iwata who stated that new console development has been stopped. The company will now refocus their efforts on the emerging mobile market where they believe they can capture a larger audience.

The move should not come as a total surprise, Nintendo has been struggling in the console market since the release of the original Wii. Following the release of the Wii U Nintendo suffered huge losses when the console struggled to compete with the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. A move to mobile has been discussed by Nintendo for a while, in fact they have already announced plans to make five mobile games by 2017. A huge number of fans will be sad to see the Big N moving away from the console market but investors couldn’t be happier.

Following the announcement Nintendo stock rose by 9.5 percent the biggest jump its in seen in several months. Iwata’s statement that a move to mobile would double its profits this fiscal year certainly didn’t help matters. That’s a tough statement to argue with since the mobile platform is much cheaper to develop for than any console. The main way companies make money back from consoles is by selling games; if no one buys your console or your games it leaves you in dire straits.

Nintendo’s financial problems has caused a huge amount of discussion in the gaming world since the poor numbers for the Wii started coming in. A move to mobile appears to be in the companies best interests with Iwata saying that “Smart devices have lowered the barrier for people around the world to get to know our games and characters like Mario,” Now all we can do is wait to see what shape those Nintendo mobile games will take. Iwata stated they will be releasing new details about their mobile plans at business briefing set for later this year.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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