What if your game console had a 3G
wireless connection? What if your
portable gaming handheld had one? It's a reasonable question to ask, and
you have to assume that executives at Nintendo, Sony and the rest of
the crowd are asking that same question. There's a clear and present
demand for mobile data; Apple's iPad
comes in a 3G version, and Amazon's
Kindle has been a huge hit largely due to its 3G connection that lets
users download new books anywhere that there's a cellphone tower nearby.
So if those devices can thrive with 3G, why can't handheld gaming
consoles? They probably can, and early talks about this are beginning.
NTT DoCoMo, a large wireless carrier in Japan, is already interested in
getting 3G modules into future DS handhelds from Nintendo
, and as much
as gamers play, we kind of think that some would be willing to pay a
little extra for a constant data connection. Most handhelds already have
Wi-Fi, but that obviously limits online play to whenever you're near a
hotspot. With a 3G module, you could have multi-player handheld gaming
from nearly anywhere.
We suspect that we're still a generation or two out from having consoles
with 3G, but we can't be too far. After all, e-readers have 3G!