People lost their shit with the original Xbox One reveal that required an online check once in 24 hours. How do you think people would react to not only online being a requirement for every game, but also full downloads being mandatory?They could always put 5GB on the card then make you download the other 40GB once you put it in your NX.
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)
People lost their shit with the original Xbox One reveal that required an online check once in 24 hours. How do you think people would react to not only online being a requirement for every game, but also full downloads being mandatory?
You're right that people wouldn't like that small of card. Especially Nintendo, since they have plenty of games way over 5GB.
Watch Dogs was about 14GB. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was about 12GB.
I'm assuming Nintendo has given up trying to get 3rd party games like Assassin's Creed and COD. And will try to get their handheld 3rd party partners to make console games (cross buy, same cartridge works on both systems). If that's the case they are probably going to go with cartridges 8GB for small games to 16GB for medium games to 32GB for large games.
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.
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.
InPhase Technologies doesn't exist anymore, and all of their patents (apart from the joint patents they had with Nintendo) have been aquired by Akonia Holographics. Whether Nintendo and Akonia have any relationship I don't know.Übermatik;193590287 said:
Source: http://akoniaholographics.com/patents/5) ROM (6 Issued US Patents)
Akonia has a number of patents pertaining to read-only holographic drives and replication of read-only media for content distribution (US8786923, US8141782). A compact prototype design developed for Nintendo is capable of storing 5GB of information on a postage stamp-sized ROM card (US7551336).
Rösti;193590500 said:InPhase Technologies doesn't exist anymore, and all of their patents (apart from the joint patents they had with Nintendo) have been aquired by Akonia Holographics. Whether Nintendo and Akonia have any relationship I don't know.
There's this however:
I'm pretty sure Macronix lists their ROM products as up to 32 Gigabits. This matches up with the 4 Gigabyte cartridges currently used by some 3DS games. We have yet to see an 8 GB 3DS cartridge. Although early reports claimed that they were in the works, they never seem to have materialized.
Why do people keep saying cartridges? It'll use SD cards or some proprietary variant a la the DS
As I stated before: Due to the broken English, I cannot tell if the "NX in 2016" part is from the reporter or something CY Lu said. We will have to wait until someone fluent in Mandarin can provide a better translation (of both the article and webcast).Can someone point me in the direction of where 2016 was actually stated? Because it's definitely not in that slide
If Nintendo wants the same physical medium used across consoles & handhelds, they have to go with cartridges.
That would still result in 2 versions of the same game being sold in stores, which would be counter-intuitive to the whole "shared platform" thing.So here's something I thought about: What if there's still discs for the console and cartridges for the handheld, but the console also has a slot for the cartridges? Maybe there are benefits to playing your handheld games in the console. Of course, games on the disc wouldn't be able to go over to the handheld, but these would be games designed for the more powerful console anyway.