Nintendo is designing a new DS portable games platform with integrated camera and music player, in a potential challenge to Apple’s iPod Touch, reports Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
The new DS is expected to launch by the end of the year and cost less than JPY20,000 (USD189), compared to the current model’s JPY16,800 (USD159.8) price tag for. The new platform will reportedly feature improved wireless functions, suggesting that gamers may be able to use it for purposes other than gaming. This also means the device will compete directly with internet enabled, portable media player such as the iPod Touch and Nokia’s Tablets.
The move may also signal an effort to boost DS’s sales as rival PSP gains ground. While the DS still outsells rivals globally, Sony PSP led sales in Japan for the five consecutive months to July, according to games magazine publisher Enterbrain.