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Matsushita ends production of Q

Electronics giant Matsushita has announced that it is ceasing production of its "Q" system, launched two years ago in Japan, which integrated a high-end DVD player and GameCube console.

Electronics giant Matsushita has announced that it is ceasing production of its "Q" system, launched two years ago in Japan, which integrated a high-end DVD player and GameCube console.

The attractive silver Q system was widely considered to be one of the most desirable pieces of gaming hardware on the market when it first launched, and Nintendo was quick to latch on to the appeal of the Q by launching its own silver hued GameCube.

The price of the system has fallen significantly since its initial launch in 2001, however, and it now costs a mere 34,800 Yen (â'¬260). Sales have also dropped off, and now Matsushita intends to cease manufacture of the device immediately.

Ironically, Matsushita's announcement came on the day that Sony launched the PSX - a device which integrates a PlayStation 2 console with a DVD recorder and digital video recorder in an attractive casing. Plus ca changeâ¦

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.

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