Nintendo has filed a patent application for a stationary game console without an optical disk drive. The patent also says the console features a controller with a display screen and “Speed Control Processing.” All this could very well be describing the NX, but the only way to know for sure is to hear confirmation from Nintendo itself. You can read an excerpt from the patent below:
An example system includes an internal hard disk drive storing a program and/or data, a communication unit transmitting/receiving a program and/or data via a network, and a processor executing a program stored in the hard disk drive to perform game processing. Theexample system is not provided with an optical disk drive for reading out a program and/or data from an optical disk.
Update: This summary of the patent was created by NeoGAF member, Sinxtanx
- I simply “translated” the patent to the best of my ability, cutting out the fluff. There’s a lot of fluff.
- It’s a game console! The example console has no disc drive. You connect it to a television and play video games.
- The example is totally of a Digital-only console but this in no way restricts any other NX hardware to be exactly that, says patent. Digital-only can be made on the cheap tho, says patent.
Passage literally confirming NX device with disc drive (bolded is my notes):
- Other hardware configs need not neccessarily include an HDD. (Like, say a portable device? Hmm?)
- Has HDD, Internet, CPU, GPU, RAM, like a home console would
- OS Kernel has its own memory, and it’s fast so the console can boot faster
- Can check if the main OS has been tampered with by checking additional storage and restore corrupted high-security data
- OS has full multitasking support
- You can download games to the console
- Games installed to HDD
- Games have code for more than one hardware configuration and the hardware determines what code is the right one to run (NX is a platform like iOS, duh it has this)
- External hard drives can be connected and you can install games to them
- Can emulate different HDD read/write speeds primarily for games that have special code for external HDDs, can seemingly pretend that the HDD is an optical disc as well. SPEED CONTROL
- Controller with rechargeable battery (Pro Controller?)
- Interesting passages:
- Controller with screen. GamePad support? Could be new controller, too. Will probably have at LEAST the functionality of the GamePad.
- Can charge the GamePad equivalent by plugging it into the console.
- Save files are stored on the HDD O_O OMG WOW
- Bolded could be interpreted as being the oft-touted “high texture download” option.
- Can read/write SD cards. This allows for retail distribution or OS updates using SD cards. Really any data that you can think of putting on an SD card, can be used. No confirmation of anything.