April 19th, 2005, 18:31 Posted By: wraggster
Nintendo has lifted the lid on its plans to equip the Revolution with totally wireless technology. The next-gen console will communicate with controllers, peripherals, online gaming services and other Nintendo hardware using technology developed in partnership with US firm Broadcom.
While the primary use of such technology is wireless online access the Revolution could also use it in other more unusual ways. A big part of the Revolution's, um, revolution could be directly linked to its wireless features.
Robert A. Rango of Broadcom hints at this. "Broadcom is pleased to partner with technology leader Nintendo, whose visionary commitment to the user experience has inspired new uses for established wireless technology," he said.
Wireless controllers are only the tip of the iceberg. Imagine wireless body sensors picking up your every movement and translating it to the screen... Crikey, we're drunk with speculation.
The DS is also expected to take advantage of Broadcom's wireless technology. An online DS multiplayer system has been mooted by Nintendo for months now and will be finally unveiled at next month's E3.
Even more exciting than that, Broadcom's wireless technology will enable simple connectivity between Nintendo hardware. While it remains unconfirmed, we'll eat our stylus if the Revolution and the DS aren't connectable wirelessly. Or is the GBA 2 waiting in the wings...?
Nintendo reckon Broadcom's technology will enable the Japanese giant to continue revitalising the games industry. "The depth and breadth of Broadcom's wireless expertise will enable Nintendo to deliver the industry's most innovative gaming solutions," said Genyo Takeda, head honcho at Nintendo's Integrated Research & Development Division for Nintendo.
"By integrating Broadcom wireless solutions into our next-generation systems we can provide the high performance gaming and connectivity capabilities that will delight gamers," said Takeda-san.
Broadcom's wireless features include BroadRange, which increases the range of wireless devices by up to 50%, and SecureEasySetup, which lets you set-up your wireless network securely and easily. And without spaces.
Nintendo will reveal its full online and wireless plans at next month's E3. We're expecting some earth-shattering announcements. You'll get them here first.
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