Are 3G-Enabled Gaming Handhelds On The Horizon? Probably.

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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!
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Hum, having 3G on a hand held console... Well i don't even use hand held consoles anymore so i guess this doesn't concern me. I guess it would be a better experience to have internet connection for your game on the go Smile

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Hum, having 3G on a hand held console... Well i don't even use hand held consoles anymore so i guess this doesn't concern me. I guess it would be a better experience to have internet connection for your game on the go Smile

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acarzt replied on Sat, Jul 10 2010 12:14 AM

yea, i'm with inspector... not a big portable gamer

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Jul 10 2010 3:24 AM

also not big on the portable games but I can see the prospects, being able to game online wherever you want without looking for a Wi-Fi connection, a gamers wet dream.

 

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acarzt replied on Sun, Jul 11 2010 12:57 AM

If I traveled a lot I could see picking up portable gaming, and the option of 3g would be enticing.

But i'm poor and don't travel lol so portable gaming is irrelevant to me.

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JNorman replied on Sun, Sep 12 2010 10:11 AM

It won't happen aytime soon. Most cellular companies don't even want people playing online games on their cellphones because of the wear it puts on their networks. Last thing they'll want is a bunch of PSP's or DS's wearing their service down. Not to mention the fact most people wont want to pay extra for their kid's game systems ( per month). WiFi is the best solution for wireless gaming since its everywhere and it hosts faster connections via broadband.

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