View Full Version : Possible huge Nintendo: Revolution news!
01-18-2005, 11:49 AM
Just saw this posted on another site.
Nintendo has registered a patent for a console that allows the user to surf the Internet, watch TV and play games... and all at the same time, or any combination of the above.
01-18-2005, 11:50 AM
Which site did you read this on?
01-18-2005, 02:57 PM
Yes, do tell.
I'll research this when I get home. If true, that ends all worries of online play.
01-18-2005, 06:55 PM
Word is the Revolution will be using Blu Ray DVD's.
Couple months to go, until it's all leaked out.
How much you wanna bet Nintendo's just going to show us gameplay movies of the Revolution, and nothing else? "here's some pretty movies we, and our third parties, made. we won't be showing the hardware, or giving tech specs, because consoles have become more then processor speed and casing. good day".
01-18-2005, 10:05 PM
If I fly/drive all the way to LA just to see some sh*t that I could've downloaded while sitting on my ass in boxers playing Soul Caliber, I'm going to MORE than pissed.
Anyways, bad news folks.....
Recent patenting of online-capable device leads to reports of PSX-like device; in fact, it is an amended version of the N64's disk drive.
See it » A recent patent filed by Nintendo has sparked a series of rumors that the company was reversing its position on "convergence"--the combination of game consoles with multimedia and online functionality. On August 3, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved patent #6,769,989. The abstract for the patent describes the device as "an existing video game system...modified to include additional communication and storage capability via a modem and hard disk drive." The hard drive "permits downloading from the Internet of entire games."
The device's communication system would be expanded with the "use of an expansion device coupled to a video game system port." This expansion would incorporate "a cable TV tuner" that would allow a user to "watch TV while viewing overlay information from the video game console." Users could also "receive a TV channel guide downloaded via the Internet, spot a program which the user desires to view and immediately access, via an IR input, the desired channel through the expansion device TV tuner." The machine would also let a user "watch TV while simultaneously logging onto the Internet." The abstract did not say whether or not the machine could record shows on its hard drive like Sony's PS2/PVR hybrid, the PSX.
Given the concrete proof of the machine's existence, theories quickly sprung up about what it could be. Some Nintendophiles pegged it as the vaunted Revolution, the next-generation console that will be unveiled at next year's E3. However, given that the patent is for "an existing video game system," a more reasonable theory was that it was a revamped, online-enabled GameCube with content-download capabilities reminiscent of Xbox Live.
However, all those theories are wrong. After acquiring a scan of the actual patent documents (pictured), GameSpot has learned the August 3, 2004, filing was merely for a supplementary patent to the 64DD, the online peripheral for the N64 console. The patent #6,769,989 was originally filed in April 1999, eight months before the 64DD's lackluster release. Shunned by consumers, it was discontinued, and its online support was shut down in March 2001. Nintendo reps contacted by GameSpot confirmed the patent was indeed for the 64DD and not for a new console.
By Tor Thorsen -- GameSpot
POSTED: 08/17/04 04:38 PM PST
Don't kill yourself! It's not worth it!
01-18-2005, 11:23 PM
Well that is bad but atleast we still have Nintendo and it wasnt put out of buiness by Sony fanboys
01-18-2005, 11:23 PM
watch tv,surf the web and play games at once!... that would be crazy i would rather do just one at a time.
01-18-2005, 11:29 PM
Psh, you're just not hardk0r3 enough Meeko!
That's a bummer. I was hoping something might have leaked.
01-18-2005, 11:35 PM
well The screen would have to be split in 3.... and i dont like small screens. i dont think i know what im talking about... :lol:
01-18-2005, 11:42 PM
Well, we don't know how many screens the Revolution's going to have.....
One thing we DO know about it is that it's gonna be able to hook up to a computer moniter out of the box. Maybe, it'll hook up to both a TV and a moniter, and the controler'll have a screen..... and wow. That'd be some crazy stuff.
01-18-2005, 11:45 PM
ah i never thought of that. i was thinking internet,tv,game all on one screen.
if they have a screen on the controller i hope they put it to good use. unlike the dreamcast's vmu or whatever.
01-19-2005, 12:07 AM
We've talked about it in the Nintendo thread, but we're all guessing the controler'll have a touch screen.
01-19-2005, 01:15 AM
Or just be one giant touch panel in itslef. Either way, it'll leak within the next 48 days, then Nintendo will deny it which basically lets us know it's true....just like always.
02-05-2005, 10:30 PM
Why would you to use the internet.On a video game machine that is what a computer is for.
02-05-2005, 10:56 PM
I dunno. Dosen't matter anyway as the patent is ancient.
Actually you could get online with the Dreamcast. Some people did it because it was cheaper than some PC's at the time.
02-05-2005, 11:49 PM
Because it opens up new possibilites for game design. MMORPG's would NOT be possible without online gaming.
I'm positive that as the format advances, we'll see more types of games worming their way through cyber space.
02-06-2005, 12:29 AM
Can you imagine online gaming if America ever gets that internet that runs through the power lines from Japan in about 200 years? Man at the possibilities. Damn cable companies for blocking it.
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