Friday, May 26, 2017
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
AMD Ryzen AGESA 1.0.0.6 Firmware to Enable Speedy Memory Clocks
Nvidia Introduces the GeForce MX150 For Laptops
Intel Dominates the Enterprise SSD Market
NVIDIA Introduces New GeForce GTX Battlebox
TSMC is Already Testing 7nm Chips, Coming Next Year
Microsoft's Beam Streaming Service Becomes "Mixer"
Lenovo Returns to Profitability
RICOH WG-50 Waterproof Digital Compact Camera Released
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Consumer Electronics > Nintend...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Thursday, August 19, 2004
Nintendo 64DD patent drives Revolution rumours


A patent granted to Nintendo earlier this month, describing a device that would add hard disc, online and TV functions to a console, has sparked rumours about the company's plans - but is actually related the ill-fated 64DD peripheral.

US patent 6,769,989, which was granted on the 3rd of August, refers to a console add-on device which would modify an existing system to include "additional communication and storage capability via a modem and hard disk drive."

The system would also include a cable TV tuner, allowing a "picture in picture" mode whereby users could play games while watching TV in a smaller overlaid window, and the downloading of electronic program guide information from the Internet.

Interestingly given Nintendo's stance on online services on its current console, the GameCube, the patent also describes the device as allowing the download of complete games from the Internet onto the hard drive.

Naturally, given the timing, there has been intense speculation that this patent might represent an inkling of the company's plans for the so-called "Revolution" console, or more likely, a planned add-on for the GameCube.

However, despite only being granted this month, the original patent was actually filed back in 1999, and the picture attached to the patent clearly displays a 64DD unit attached to an N64. The ill-fated peripheral offered many of the functions described by the patent, but was unpopular with consumers and was rapidly discontinued by Nintendo.

This isn't to say that some of that functionality won't make it into Revolution, although in general Nintendo has aimed for pure game devices rather than trying to compete with Sony's vision for building a home media empire based on the PlayStation brand.

From gamesindustry.biz



Previous
Next
TDK 16XDVD Writer        All News        Dynamic OverClocking Express MSI GeFORCE NX6600GT & NX6600 Series
Hackers revive iTunes music sharing     Consumer Electronics News      PlayStation 2 still leads

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
New Nintendo 2DS XL Gaming Handheld System Coming On July 28
Nintendo's Switch Console To Double Company's Full-year Profit
Nintendo Broke US Sales Records For 'Zelda' And Switch
Nintendo Says Dead LCD Pixels Are Normal For Switch
Nintendo Switch Teardown Reveals Large Battery, 4GB DDR4 And A Lot Of Cooling
Nintendo Hopes Switch Will Lure Casual Gamers
Nintendo Returns to Profitability on Pokemon Game Sales But Cuts full-year Outlook
Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem Heroes' Smartphone Game features in-app Purchases
Nintendo Switch Coming In March For $299
Nintendo Switch Specifications Leaked
Super Mario Run Sets Download Record
Nintendo Switch Is On Tour, You'll Be Able To Get Your Hand On It Before Official Launch

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2017 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .