Nintendo hints at free DSi 3G connectivity
WhisperNet-style service coming to handheld?
Recent comments by Nintendo’s CEO have sparked speculation that the gaming giant’s upcoming Nintendo DSi XL will offer free game downloads over an integrated 3G connection.
Satoru Iwata reportedly told the Financial Times that he’s “interested” in Amazon’s Kindle model. The online retailer provides free 3G access to the retailer’s own WhisperNet e-book download service. The cost of connectivity is covered through the device price and what Amazon charges for e-books.
“I’m interested because it’s a new business model in which the user doesn’t bear the communications cost,” Iwata said.
DSi owners can already buy games wirelessly, but only over Wi-Fi.
If Nintendo does launch a WhisperNet-style service then it’s possible that the DSi XL’s price – currently set at ¥20,000 (£134/$220/€149) in Japan – could rise as a result, Iwata admitted.
“If we did this [launched a DSi-style WhisperNet] it would increase the cost of the hardware, and customers would complain about Nintendo putting prices up”, Iwata added.
However, he stressed that the launch of such a service is just “one option for the future”, adding that he thinks it will “take a long time” before the industry in general moves to digital downloads. ®
Finally - A sane Exec
"However, he stressed that the launch of such a service is just “one option for the future”, adding that he thinks it will “take a long time” before the industry in general moves to digital downloads."
Finally, someone that isn't shy to state a realistic view. Bistari Bistari :o)
Proceed with this nonsense at flank speed
"cost of connectivity is covered through the device price"
“the user doesn’t bear the communications cost,” Iwata said.
"the DSi XL’s price ... could rise as a result"
“it would increase the cost of the hardware"
So which is it Mr Iwata? No comms cost or you pay the comms cost up front with a more epensive device? You can't have it both ways.
And how good will your coverage be in the Highlands of Scotland? Or a remote island somewhere? Why would you're customers pay more for a device if they can't use the features they're paying for because they don't live in a city?
but will it....
... international like the kindle (well, for 100+ countries if I understand it correctly)
... will nintendo be able to delete games/movies/pictures they deem unacceptable from their point of view (the kindle have this *feature*)
... will it support download resume? (no really would will it?, the major problem I have with digital distribution (I am looking at you PSN) is that whoever is designing the downloader, never seem to have heard of p2p and it's ability to resume download and making sure that the download is 100% as it should be no matter what happens to your machine during the download session!)
otherwise... I'll drink to that