Getting Back Into the Game: Panasonic Tests Handheld Gaming Device
Nov 30th 2010 6:45PM
Updated Nov 30th 2010 7:57PM
Panasonic is testing the device in the U.S., spokesman Akira Kadota told Bloomberg. The Japanese company didn't disclose details on pricing or a possible release date.
Panasonic, which last made handheld gaming devices more than a decade ago, hopes to get back into the game as overall video-game sales have declined. In the first 10 months of the year, U.S. sales of gaming hardware and software fell 8% from the same period a year earlier to $11.1 billion, according to the NPD Group. The gap appeared to be narrowing, however, with a decline of just 4% in October.
The Jungle, which will include both a touchpad and a keyboard, will be "very different" from other companies' handheld products, Panasonic told Bloomberg.