Nintendo Adds Sharp as Assembler of Popular Switch Game Console

Nintendo has been diversifying its supply chain since before the Covid-19 era.

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Nintendo Co. has added Sharp Corp. as an assembler of its Switch console, according to people directly involved in the matter, as it works to stabilize production and hedge against U.S.-China trade tensions.

The video game giant has struggled to produce enough units for most of this year as the hit game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and stuck-at-home consumers fueled demand. While the coronavirus outbreak hurt production early on, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said this month that output has returned to normal and the Switch is now made in Malaysia, in addition to existing China and Vietnam locations.

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That Malaysia factory is owned by Sharp, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Nintendo’s

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Xbox Series X Restock On Black Friday 2020: Console Bundles On GameStop Today

If you weren’t able to buy the Xbox Series X or the digital-only Xbox Series S on launch day earlier in the month, Black Friday might be one of the best opportunities to grab one before the end of the year. A handful of major retailers will have the Xbox Series X and Series S in-stock during their Black Friday sales this week, but it can be pretty hard to keep track of where and when the new Xbox console is available. You’ll also have to be quick–once a retailer does restock, the Xbox Series X and Series S sell out in a flash. The latest retailer to claim an upcoming Xbox Series X restock is GameStop, which has reported that it will have a limited number of console bundles available to purchase online only, today. Scroll down to the GameStop section of our Xbox console restock tracker for

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The connected car will be the new gaming console

Some 2.5 billion people around the world play video games, with tens of millions more joining their ranks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaming’s growing popularity isn’t only affecting how people spend their time cooped up at home. Indeed, its impact is even poised to extend to driving.

Struggling to see the nexus between the automotive and gaming industries? Take that up with Elon Musk, whose Tesla has already rolled out the Tesla Arcade — an in-car gaming console platform — in four models, with plans to expand hiring and potentially develop games exclusively for Tesla drivers. For its part, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a gaming console-equipped CLA Coupé last year.

Other manufacturers are all but certain to follow in the two luxury automakers’ paths. Indeed, among drivers younger than 30, 77% are interested in owning vehicles equipped with VR technology, which can allow in-car gaming, a recent Accenture survey found.

Amid an

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Exclusive games power Sony’s sky-high space-age console

Editor’s note: The PS5 is just hitting stores, and online services and features won’t be stress-tested until the console is widely available to the public. We consider this a review in progress, and will update it extensively over the next several weeks, adding a final review score when appropriate.



a wooden table: The PS5 next to the Xbox Series X. 


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The PS5 next to the Xbox Series X. 


My PS4 almost made it. It was a launch-day PlayStation 4 from 2013, and it worked great right up until the last few months, like it knew it was about to get the Marie Kondo treatment and replaced by the new, much-advanced PS5. The seven-year-old system still played games fine, but the optical drive mechanism grew confused, giving off random beeps, as if it were trying to eject a ghost disc. 

And it was right to be worried. The powerful new PlayStation 5 console towers over its predecessor, both

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How video game console industry is changing

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X (black) and series S (white) gaming consoles are displayed at a flagship store of SK Telecom in Seoul on November 10, 2020.

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LONDON — We’ve come a long way from the arcades of the 80s.

Today, the way more than 700 million people play video games is on a dedicated console, with the console industry on track to generate $45 billion in revenue this year, according to market research firm Newzoo. And the way companies in the sector make money has changed rapidly over the years.

Now, with new consoles from Microsoft and Sony on sale, there’s a clear push from both companies deeper into software and subscriptions — similar to the way Apple has placed a greater emphasis on services in recent years.

They’re hoping to capitalize on rising demand for games as consumers around the world spend

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Xbox Series X is the first video game console born in a pandemic

The debut of a video game console is a carefully choreographed event. It matches state-of-the-art electronics with complex software and big-budget games. It takes years of development and billions of dollars in collective investments, all building to a single deadline. The Xbox Series X was the fourth go-round for Microsoft, and the Redmond company had a plan to improve upon the lackluster performance of its last console.

Then on Jan. 20, the first confirmed U.S. case of the coronavirus was reported in nearby Snohomish County. Over the next six weeks, the area surrounding Microsoft’s headquarters became the country’s first hotspot. After the virus claimed some of the first lives in a nearby nursing home, Microsoft closed its doors to most employees on March 4. “Everyone has a plan until a global pandemic punches you in the face,” said Jerret West, the marketing chief for Microsoft’s Xbox.

At first, Microsoft worried

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PS5 review: Exclusive games power Sony’s sky-high space-age console

Editor’s note: The PS5 is just hitting stores, and online services and features won’t be stress-tested until the console is widely available to the public. We consider this a review in progress, and will update it extensively over the next several weeks, adding a final review score when appropriate.


My PS4 almost made it. It was a launch-day PlayStation 4 from 2013, and it worked great right up until the last few months, like it knew it was about to get the Marie Kondo treatment and replaced by the new, much-advanced PS5. The seven-year-old system still played games fine, but the optical drive mechanism grew confused, giving off random beeps, as if it were trying to eject a ghost disc. 

Like

  • Fantastic new controller
  • Streamlined UI puts games first
  • Great exclusive game lineup
  • Included Astro’s Playroom game is fantastic

Don’t Like

  • The bold design is borderline impractical for small spaces
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