Well, that solves the aforementioned problem with kids scratching the screen up, but the sliding mechanism is still gonna need to be heavily tested so they ensure kids can’t break it too easily. Nintendo will obviously be sticking with their target demographic of children and families with their devices as they always have, so the durability of the system is important here.
You clearly suck at reading tech trends. Sorry, but it’s true. All future iOS devices will have thumbprint readers integrated, I’m calling it now. The iPhone 5S already has it, in fact. Like it or not, handheld consoles are at war with mobile devices, so they’ll need every trick in the book to match them, as people WILL compare them from here on out. This also explains the “NFC Reader" and "3G Chip with GPS Location" in their (remember, rumored) design document. The Wii U also has NFC capability (though it’s gone unused so far, much like the mystery port on the top of the PS Vita :P ).
This upsets me greatly. I’m sorry, but they STILL refuse to put decent cameras in the damn thing? 1MP?! God dammit, Nintendo…
“3300 mAh Li-Ion battery”
Battery life with the proposed specs will be about 6 hours with that capacity. They’ll most likely release a future model with better battery life, I’m calling it now.
“16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigabytes)"
THEY EVEN PUT THE FUTURE REVISION IN THEIR DAMN DESIGN DOCUMENT! I knew it, they DO plan obsolescence. That ticks me off. I know every company does it, but they don’t have to be so blatant about it… That just tells me and everyone else to hold off when it first releases and wait for the future revised handheld that we all know is coming.
“Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot"
Backwards compatibility secured, but it doesn’t say anything about supporting DS titles, so we can assume regular DS games will not work in the 3DS’ successor. That’s a shame, but they’re obviously gonna be pushing digital HARD with this one. They’ll want the next handheld to be like an iPod, in that most people decide to download their games. That’s fine, I’ve got a 64GB SDHC card in my 3DS XL and already purchase most of my games digitally on the system. Others may not be so keen on adopting a digital lifestyle when it comes to handheld games though, and that might pose a problem if you’re one of those people as…There’s nothing in this document about a “FUSION DS” card slot, sooo…that MAY mean the system will only play games bought digitally, excluding 3DS game card titles, obviously. Don’t know though, maybe they just forgot to mention it…?
“Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts”
I like this. Force feedback is always nice. :)
I remember buying a rumble grip thingie for my GBA back in the day. Haha! It even added battery life. That thing was cool. :P
Okay, now I’m gonna pick apart the home console specs.
First off, they’re calling it a “Terminal" in their documents, which means they’re gonna be pushing the idea of using the handheld in conjunction with the console hard, much like Sony with their Vita/PS4 connectivity. This isn’t new for Nintendo, they’ve been doing this since the GBA/GameCube days. But they’ll be more focused on that in future marketing, calling it now. Especially since the codename for BOTH consoles is "FUSION,” supporting the idea of a console and handheld ecosystem that works well in tandem.
Even more proof evidenced by the fact that they recently combined their home console and handheld divisions within the company itself. One thing’s certain from this, the next Nintendo console and handheld will be tied together in a big way. It will be made from the ground-up to interface with one another. I’m interested on how they’ll push this gimmick. Nintendo is well-known for their gimmicks and putting a fresh spin on them, after all.
“4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads" Secured, the console will still use Wii U GamePads. Also secured, it will be powerful enough to support streaming from four of them simultaneously. This is pretty big news, due to the necessary power needed to do such a thing.
Going over the more technical specs, this proposed system is significantly more powerful than the PS4. Of course, it would HAVE to be, in order to use four touch-screen-integrated gamepads at once. This also means a lot of power will be diverted to that functionality, which may end up putting it graphically matching the PS4 or be slightly better. If they DIDN’T have this gimmick, and just allowed the system to use all of that power for itself, it would be significantly graphically superior to the PS4.
I am both saddened and complacent about this. It seems Nintendo is indeed hellbent on putting gimmicks before all else, to offer something different over competing consoles. This is both their greatest strength and their greatest weakness. Obviously, you want to differentiate yourself from the competition to make yourself out to be the better option. However, make yourself TOO different, and you risk losing third party support, as they prefer a “Code Once, Deploy Everywhere” approach (I speak as a developer here, anything to save time and money is of great importance, especially for a large corporation like the big 3rd party game studios). It’s much cheaper to use the “CODE” approach I just mentioned than being forced to integrate functions into their games that is significantly different from the other consoles. As such, this is one of the reasons the Wii U is not doing too hot (forced gamepad touch-screen integration into games). Then again, being significantly less powerful than its competition is also not doing the Wii U any favors…
“Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot”
This is, in my opinion, the biggest seller for this system. Backwards compatibility with Wii U titles secured, but more importantly, 3DS game card compatibility as well. Of course, this means you will be able to play handheld games directly on the terminal. Nintendo just pulled a PS Vita TV, but they put it in the console itself. Nice.
This also means added hardware; this thing will most likely have 3DS hardware integrated within it to allow this functionality, much like how the original PS3’s had PS2 hardware to support backwards compatibility. This, of course, will raise the price of the system accordingly. Not nice.
The Wii U’s successor will cost more than the PS4, this much is assured, should these rumors be true.
“Two versions: Disc Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Discless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage”
This is one hell of a crap shoot Nintendo is pulling, and may be a nail in the coffin before the system is even released! In order to save money (and keep the cost of the system down for consumers as well), they’re sacrificing storage space. I KNEW they had to be sacrificing SOMETHING, as anything more would out-price the system for their target demographic.
More importantly, they are rumored to be offering two different SKUs, one with a game disc slot for retail titles and significantly less storage space, and one without a disc slot with a significant boost in storage, though still only a mere 300GB, significantly less than their competitors’ CURRENT systems. Ouch! Anyone who buys the digital-only system is a fool, straight up. I would not give up the ability to buy and sell disc-based games for only THAT much added storage space. It’s not worth it, especially when external HDDs are so cheap these days.
Admittedly, it says Flash storage, which is significantly faster than a HDD, true (and also much more expensive). But it’s still only 300GB at the end of the day, and that’s simply not enough for core gamers, especially for a digital-only system.
“Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers”
Secured, terminal will also have Wiimote Plus compatibility just like the Wii U. It would have to in order to allow proper Wii U backwards compatibility, obviously.
More importantly, it has an integrated charging spot for the handheld unit as well. In other words, not only will the FUSION systems work together through software, they will combine physically as well to facilitate charging of the handheld unit. How interesting. Though a gimmick that will go mostly unused by yours truly. I’m fine just plugging my handheld up via an AC adapter as per usual. This offers a tiny bit of convenience, yes, but I’m sure it increases the price of the console to add that feature, which upsets me. They should be saving that money to put towards better use, if you ask me. Like maybe more storage space…? (Hint, hint, Nintendo.)
Okay, I don’t have much more to say about the system. That’s what I get from this “news.”
Keep in mind all of this is rumors and speculation upon those rumors on my part. All of this seems probable enough, but it is subject to change at Nintendo’s whims at any time. Nothing is truly “confirmed” until Nintendo outright confirms it themselves. I don’t suspect this will be the case until 2016 at the earliest. It would be mighty foolish of them to comment on any rumors or speculation when they’ve still got the Wii U to worry about right now. They still want the Wii U to be profitable and discontinuing it now would be like pulling a SEGA, and we all know how THAT ended up, right? ;)
So, what are your thoughts about all of this, my fellow Internet spazzes?