Sharp could become a display supplier for the upcoming Nintendo

Sharp could become a display supplier for the upcoming Nintendo games console

Nintendo’s earnings report made it clear that the company is under no illusions about the popularity of its current-gen Switch consoles as their lifecycle hits the home stretch. The Japanese company Sharp unexpectedly announced the imminent start of shipments of displays for a future game console, fueling rumors about preparations for the announcement of a new generation of Nintendo’s hardware platform.

    Image source: Nintendo

Image source: Nintendo

According to Sharp CEO Robert Wu, the company is already working with a game console developer to prepare a new model, and pilot tests for this device will begin before the end of the current fiscal year, which ends next March. “I can’t say anything about specific customers, but when we’re talking about a new games console, we’re involved in its development phase.”explained Head of Sharp.

The Japanese company even dropped the mention of the new games console from its Q1 results presentation. While no one can guarantee it’s a Nintendo console, Sharp has prior experience working with this developer. Investors assume that the six-year-old Switch will have a successor after March next year. Nintendo expects to sell no more than 15 million Switch consoles this year, compared to 18 million last year. This year, last year’s OLED version of the console will account for up to half of total Nintendo Switch sales, while the base variant’s popularity will fall by almost half compared to last year.

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