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Rumor: Sony and Nintendo in 3G discussions with NTT DoCoMo

Wednesday, 7th July 2010 22:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has told the Wall Street Journal that it’s in talks with handheld gaming manufacturers to provide 3G capabilities to next-gen devices.

The company’s president, Ryuji Yamada, declined to identify specific companies, but said the firm is discussing 3G with “various players”.

“Videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless communication,” he said. “We are discussing this with various players.”

DS and PSP are both Wi-Fi compatible, but neither can connect to a 3G network, but should future models of either handheld support 3G in the future, it would make software and security patches easier to apply.

Yusuke Tsunoda, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center, said the talks between handheld makers and DoCoMo came about due to “pressure from smartphones”.

“The distinction between gaming devices and mobile communication devices, like smartphones, are blurring,” said Tsunoda,”and it may eventually disappear.”

Nintendo and Sony declined to comment on the report, but Nintendo’s Hideki Konno, who heads up the 3DS development team, said during an E3 round table there will “probably be discussions” with carriers in the future but wouldn’t go into further detail.

Meanwhile, Sony has said there’s no plan for a new PSP at the moment,but SCE WWS boss Shuhei Yoshida recently told Develop the firm is working on new hardware.

Via: Industry Gamers.

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6 Comments

  1. onlineatron

    Needs to happen.

    If I can have a PSP/3DS level machine with the functionality of a mobile phone/iphone i’ll be all over it!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. cookiejar

    Only way I can see a next Sony handheld working tbh.

    Wifi/3G + App Store is a must.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. onlineatron

    Sony definitely need to brave the whole ‘me too’ stigma and stick a 3D screen on the PSP2.

    If the 3DS works like it’s supposed to I can see it really taking off and Sony’s console may not have the same wow factor without similar functionality.

    Then Sony will need to stick full, intergrated, PSN support on the PSP2 and make the graphics about as good as early 360 graphics.

    OH AND SUPPORT WITH GREAT GAMES!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Crysis

    Well Sony does have experiance in the phone business with their Sony Erricson mobiles, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Sony attempted an iPhone killer @ around $300, hell, i’d buy it, they should also attempt to compete with apples app store, kept away from it’s PSN though but that means indie games could possibly get through among other things people would love to see on a portable device

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crysis

    btw, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is the PSP, Nintendo have claimed they are not bothered by Smart Phones but it’s quite obvious Sony recognises the threat

    #5 4 years ago
  6. ARFarokhi

    PSP2 will blow me away anyway! :D If it has such cool features then SONY will officially invite ninty for a war!
    P.S: PSP is the best handheld console! :D :)

    #6 4 years ago

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