Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Games
  3. Consoles

Sony may purchase makers of Wii U chip

See also

It was first reported back in August that the Renesas Electronics plant in the Yamagata Prefecture has been struggling and will be shutting down within the next couple of years. This plant produces the Nintendo Wii U's embedded DRAM chip, which is absolutely essential to the console. These financial woes are due in part to the Wii U's poor sales, as more than half of the plant's workload came from that chip alone. In an odd turn of events, reports came out this morning from Japan's Toyo Keizai and Nikkei Reuters, stating that Sony may be in talks with Renesas regarding the plant's future.

Sony purchasing this manufacturing plant could potentially save the jobs of the factory's 900 employees. Sony's interest in this company apparently stems from the plant's production of the CMOS sensors that Sony uses in their smartphones. Of course, with Sony's PlayStation 4 being one of the Wii U's biggest competitors, it only makes sense that fans would suspect an ulterior motive.

As of now, it is too early to tell what kind of ramifications this buyout could have on Nintendo's eighth generation console, if any. We'll have more on this story as it develops.

For more news, reviews, features and interviews, check out Game On's Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. Will Holden can also be found on Twitter.

Advertisement

Don't Miss

  • Massive
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Camera
    Games Exclusive
  • iPhone
    Get your wallet ready: The next iPhone could cost $100 more than your last one
    Video
    Tech Buzz
  • Civ
    Need to catch up on 'Sid Meier's Civilization'? Here is everything you need to know
    Camera
    Games Feature
  • Google Glass
    See how Google Glass is letting sick kids go to the zoo without leaving the hospital
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Camera
    Games Feature
  • Google
    Google has filed for a patent to develop contact lenses capable of taking photos
    Video
    Headlines

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!