Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday August 23, 2015

Nintendo’s Next Console May Not Have A Disk Drive

Oh, hey, Nintendo’s next console is going to lack something? Color me surprised. Okay, I’ll be a little more optimistic. I do like the idea of a game console that finally goes diskless, as one of the reasons why I game on them less often is because I’m just too lazy to put in or remove a disk. There is that annoying issue of hard drives filling up way too quickly, however.

Nintendo has filed a new patent for a device that many believe could be their next NX console, or at least have something to do with it. Spotted by NeoGAF, the official US patent shows a new hardware unit that looks like a game console, but is missing one very game console-like feature, a disc drive: "The example system is not provided with an optical disc drive for reading out a program and/or data from an optical disc," the patent reads. "An example system includes an internal hard disc 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 disc drive to perform game processing."