3G is old news when it comes to phones. But for portable gaming systems, it could be the next big thing.
Wall Street Journal interviewed Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo, who confirmed that they are talking with Japanese video game companies about producing 3G enabled portable gaming devices.
“Videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless communication,” said NTT DoCoMo President Ryuji Yamada. “We are discussing this with various players.”
Various players would point that they are working with more than one company. And Nintendo and Sony are really the only big gaming companies that produce portable systems. So while Yamada wouldn’t confirm the companies they were in talks with, it’s pretty obvious.
This doesn’t confirm anything, of course. These are just talks, so there is a good chance things will fall through. While I think Sony is ready to make the 3G jump, you always have to question if Nintendo is ready.
Nintendo’s company president, Satoru Iwata, spoke about 3G late last year, but he didn’t sounds too pleased with the pricing options of 3G networks. We will have to wait until Nintendo full reveals the Nintendo 3DS to see what kind of move they plan on making regarding 3G.