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