Switch costs roughly $257 to manufacture

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    you really think the switch would cost 250 to produce? they sell it for 70 bucks more in store. you really think that this small margin is really it?
     
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    You really think they're not? Do some research.
     
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    A price drop? Probably not. I do hope for a revised model though within 2 years though. I love my switch but there are some aspects of it that I'm just not confident in. Then again, doesn't it normally take a while before console price drops occur after launch anyway?
     
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    Shield TV is still $200, so the cheapest I imagine the cost of manufacturing that to be is $150. The IPS panels on Switch plus the battery and portable form factor probably add $60 - $75 to that. The rest is likely added from the joy cons, those also being entirely new to manufacturing.

    This is possible for minor revisions, but I wouldn't expect anything major for 3-4 years. The hardware is as powerful as it gets for this form factor right now.
     
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    Nvidia may be selling the Shield at cost to avoid a writedown. The Shield never took off, so Nvidia might be sitting on excess stock and have yet to make back what they paid developing and manufacturing them.
     
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    Didn't they discontinue Nvidia Shield TV whatever right as Switch started development? So yea I'd agree they sold them at a loss. Probably to get ride of the chipsets.
     
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    Nope, Shield TV got a refresh. There are no more Shield handhelds or tablets though
     
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    Anybody got a look at the source article yet? It appears to be behind a paywall and I am certainly not paying for a Japanese news site. Should it be a decent bill of materials and teardown as part of it all but looking at the teaser stuff I am not expecting much.
     
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    I don't see a cut price on the switch anytime soon unless the sales tanks they would have to react in some way
     
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    Well, if they do a portable only one, they could use a cheaper and weaker chip and they could also just do a console only version.
     
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    Yeah, then they wouldn't need to include the screen
     
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    Thus defeating the purpose..
     
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    It wouldn't work because of the compatibility on the base system on handheld mode, it would make sense to use a better chip like the tegra "x2", or use a better manufacturing process imo
     
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    Just like the 2ds.
     
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    Like a 3ds without 3d
     
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    You mean 3D? Which isn't used by a good number of people? Not the same thing.
     
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    Yeah, that
     
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    Not the same thing.
     
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    Exactly like the 2DS. If the 2DS came out at the same time as the 3DS it would've cannibalized 3DS sales. Same with a Switch TV. I think it's very easy for Nintendo to stick the X1 inside a bare-bones vented console and throw in a single Pro controller, to give us a console they can sell for $150-$200 USD. But it would be suicide to launch it so soon after the portable.