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Macronix: We will provide memory products for NX

Ryng_tolu

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https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/692763133811781632

 

Pancake Mix

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C A R T R I D G E S !

Solid state media is superior so I'd be fine with this, Nintendo must have found some cost savings to be had if they're really doing this for both form factors, cause consumers will not pay more for cards than larger PS4/XB1 discs.

Just don't expect them to be physically larger than 3DS cards/carts so don't get N64 images in your head.

Yes. No disc drive.

Possibly no HDMI out either although they could find another manufacturer for an HDMI controller. Handheld only this year? As long as whatever it is is not digital only (I know Macronix developed DS and 3DS cards) then it's all good. I was fine with discs but if this can work for console again too....good.
 

Thraktor

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...No Panasonic.

Panasonic provided both the discs and disc drives for the GC, Wii, and Wii U. I believe they also provided the HDMI controller on Wii U as well.

Something is up...

There's also no AMD (who are all but confirmed to be providing the SoC for at least the home console) and no Samsung (who are likely to provide the eMMC flash chips), and no Texas Instruments (who provide a variety of minor ICs in all Nintendo hardware), etc, etc.

It's not a complete list of suppliers, just those that the author's sources reported as providing components.

Edit: Also note that it's not a new piece of info, it's from a Digitimes report from November. The Macronix news seems to corroborate it, though.
 

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Fourth Storm

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Re: Pixart

This is one of the most interesting suppliers to me, as they provide the IR camera in the Wii Remote and also provide a wide variety of optical and laser sensors for everything from gesture tracking to pulse detection.
 

Fourth Storm

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Don't tease me with the vitality sensor...

They'll bring it back some day! I know they will. There was also that patent from issued to a Nintendo employee that used a linear optical sensor for the same purpose.

Anyway, interesting in that it appears Nintendo are sticking with ROM in the NX (handheld at least). This may put to rest some of the speculation that they have created a new flash-based medium.
 
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This is one of the most interesting suppliers to me, as they provide the IR camera in the Wii Remote and also provide a wide variety of optical and laser sensors for everything from gesture tracking to pulse detection.
Hmm... any idea if the n3DS uses them for head tracking?
 

AzaK

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Maybe you can download games on your console, then put them on a cartridge so you can play on your handheld.

What I'd like to see (Not that I'm interested in handhelds) is make the console take cartridges also. Buy one game, play on both. With digital downloads, can download to either system to play.

I wonder how the "hardcore" crowd will react to cartridge based console games?
I'm sure many will assume cartridge=bad

We know they can last years and save games would be on the machine itself now I'd imagine so no need for battery backup. The only things that would bother me is if significantly affects price and throughput speed. I'm not sure how fast that sort of ROM goes.
 

Davey Cakes

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Could just be the handheld unit, but cartridges are rumored to come back based on the patents
Do any of the patents have anything involving discs at all?

I know that patents aren't representative of the final product but the one that shows a system without an optical drive seems like good enough evidence that console cartridges will return.
 

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Just to clarify, in that tweet Zhuge is just quoting what said in the second Digitimes rumour article about NX. You know, the one where they revised down their shipment forecast from 20 to 12 millions

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20151130PD203.html

It's not something new. But, again, since it seems the first Digitimes article was the first piece of news explicitly stating how Macronix is involved with NX production, we could assume their sources can be close enough to the real picture (shipments forecasts aside).
 

Fourth Storm

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Do any of the patents have anything involving discs at all?

I know that patents aren't representative of the final product but the one that shows a system without an optical drive seems like good enough evidence that console cartridges will return.

Well, that patent mentions compatibility with another console which includes an optical drive. It also only mentions a card reader in the context of providing OS updates. Game data would be downloaded over a network and stored on an internal HDD. People kind of read "cartridges" into that whole thing without going through the text. Could've just been a Wii U slim even.
 

georly

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I wonder how the "hardcore" crowd will react to cartridge based console games?



I'm sure many will assume cartridge=bad

Well, the games will all have digital as an option. SO if you dont want tiny cartridges, go digital.
 

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What I'd like to see (Not that I'm interested in handhelds) is make the console take cartridges also. Buy one game, play on both. With digital downloads, can download to either system to play.



I have thinking the same about a few months ago and I think this feature would be very awesome. Maybe there will be games that only will run in the NX console, maybe others only will run (or will have more sense to play) on NX handled, but if a large porcentage of games will to run on both platforms with similar performances (maybe different specs) they kill two birds with a stone: they appeal both the japanese and no-japanese audience and don't develope the same game (specially multiplayer titles) twice.
 

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3rd parties would revolt in face of cartridges though. Nintendo with their ~5 or less GB games wouldn't care as much, but it would categorically block stuff like the next Watch Dogs (as low of chances as Nintendo has getting stuff like that off the bat anyway)
 

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3rd parties would revolt in face of cartridges though. Nintendo with their ~5 or less GB games wouldn't care as much, but it would categorically block stuff like the next Watch Dogs (as low of chances as Nintendo has getting stuff like that off the bat anyway)

They could always put 5GB on the card then make you download the other 40GB once you put it in your NX.