3DS Will Fight Piracy With Firmware
Satoru Iwata outlines automatic updates, price-points and features of Nintendo’s new handheld.
The Q&A segment of Nintendo’s investors meeting last week required CEO Satoru Iwata to answer a number of questions on the development of the 3DS, which is due to launch early next year in Europe.
Asked whether internet updates will help in the fight against piracy, Iwata said: “As part of the functionality of SpotPass, we’re looking into having automatic system updates via the internet."
Iwata confirmed that firmware updates – which he stated were not previously favourable to consumers when updated manually – would also be carried out by package software thanks to 3DS’s large usable ROM size.
Japan gaming blog Andriasang recently outlined the wealth of features supported by 3DS. SpotPass refers to the console’s sleep mode, in which the console will maintain active communication with Wi-Fi access points, receiving notifications, updates and free software.
SpotPass has similarities with the system’s StreetPass, with which users can keep their machines open for data exchanges when passing by other owners in the street.
On the issue of software pricing, Iwata said: "we don’t believe that the world is in a state where high priced software will sell well, so we don’t believe it will be in a price range too far off from current DS software.”
Delving into specs at the session, Iwata revealed a 2 gigabyte SD card will be bundled with the system. Once stored on the card, games will boot directly from it. On the topic of battery life, Iwata said that 3DS will be expected to require charging more frequently than the current DS models.