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Nintendo NX: Nintendo Files Patent for New Games Console; Will Not Include Optical Disk Drive

Nintendo has filed a patent application for a “stationary” games console – thought to be the Nintendo NX – with the USPTO, it has recently been discovered.

The filing was originally made back in February, but was only published yesterday. According to the particulars of the patent, which refers to a prior application made in Japan back in February 2014, Nintendo’s claims apply to a “Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and Speed Control Method”, which includes a “controller with a display screen” as well as “Speed Control Processing”.

The abstract notes:

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.

Interestingly, the synopsis goes on to state that “the example system is not provided with an optical disk drive for reading out a program and/or data from an optical disk,” while later in the document, a description reads: “[the internal hard drive] can store therein the game program and the game data”. Does this mean that the Nintendo NX could be the first major home console to go digital-only?

The fact that the filing also cites “high-speed communications” as being a method for distributing a game program from a server to the “game apparatus” certainly seems to suggests that this is the case.

Pictured below are two images attached to the application (click to enlarge). FIG. 1 shows “an example non-limiting block diagram illustrating a configuration of a game apparatus”, while FIG. 2 shows “an example non-limiting block diagram illustrating a configuration of a controller included in a game apparatus”.

Notably, the inclusion of a memory card slot is highlighted in FIG. 1, which Nintendo’s application suggests will be used, at least in part, to provide OS updates to those users without an internet connection.


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  • Josh Morland

    “Nintendo NX […] Will Not Include Optical Disk Drive”…*sighs heavily*

    • Rayne

      Nintendo NX […] Will Not Include ME!
      If this is true…

  • heavenshitman1

    This idea has been pushed before, particularly by M’soft. It has never flown because games demand too much download data for most ppls connections. Cant give up a net bandwidth for downloading games all the time, as well as online play, as well as updates and online apps etc..
    Also there’s still quite a popluation in the world that may have no realistic access to net if any connection at all.
    I’m a Nintendo fan, hope they do it right. PS4 proves that consoles with optical can sell just fine still

  • Ghost250

    I didn’t think about until now, but this could be a stripped down Wii U rather than NX.

  • fatandsloppy

    Nintendo must’ve slept through the Xbox One unveiling.

    • Sylmaron

      Maybe Don Mattrick started working at Nintendo.

    • Hvd

      thats how its going to be in a few years.i cant remember the last time i went to a store and bought a game.the pc is all ones problem was they did it to early imo.the next consoles after this will be all digital downloads.

      • Sea-HAWK fan

        because companies have said for consoles digital are always gonna be more expensive. retailers recieve and game companies send out a certain amount of games and they dont want to be stuck with them. so while you can get a game for 20 bucks on sale at a store, the digital copy will still be full price therefore making you rather get one of those leftover copies they dont want to be stuck with. plus you can’t trade in or return digital games!!i dont wanna be stuck with cod ghosts or madden 14 forever

        • Hvd

          thats how it is on pc man you buy your stuck.the consoles after ps4 and x1 will most l likely be digital download dont belive for a second that ps4 didnt have that idea thats why they said they would wait see who the x1 reveal went.they had the same plan.the next consoles after x1 and ps4 will be all digital download.

          • nismo370z

            “thats why they said they would wait see who the x1 reveal went”
            thats not true

      • nismo370z

        I dont think so

  • Panty Sniffer

    rip nintendo

  • Fahmi

    Digital only? Like this?

    • forever_rachel

      not like that. because this time its about a game system, and games

  • PachterStation

    You can’t beat games on disc, although you don’t always get the full game. But going back to old consoles years later, full games will be limited, plus online only games won’t be possible. Digitial only will be when I stop gaming, more so when you consider that digital Wii U and 3DS games can top £50. Swapping and selling games, you’re stopped from doing that. Games on cards with the NX? Possibility.

  • Sylmaron

    Just when news hit that Mafia 2 won’t be available anymore for digital platforms. Some timing.
    I will never buy home consoles that won’t have any form of physical games.

  • NOSQEY .

    There is no way nintendo would release a console without a disc reader.
    The system would crash and burn,i hate digital downloads of games.
    With a physical copy you can always sell the game on,the only way i would ever buy digital versions of games was if you could resell or trade the digital version which will never happen.
    A subscription based games streaming service like nvidias grid,i would pay to use especially with nintendos back catalogue.
    If the nx does not have a disc reader,i can’t see me buying the console.

  • Peter Boksic

    wow. surely not. digital only means the death of nintendo. won’t touch. surely they aren’t that stupid. the only way would be if digital games would be fairly priced. like 40 bucks. that aint gonna happen. goodbye nintendo.

  • Edsword

    It was a good run for the big N, but I’m pretty much done. It’s pretty certain that the new Zelda will move to NX and with no Metroid on Wii U, I just can’t buy another Nintendo console.

  • MutantMonkey14 .

    I think we may be jumping the gun a little here, wait and see. If Nintendo are not including an optical drive but are having a card slot for updates for those not connected; then logically Nintendo realise not everyone is online to download games. It’s possible there could be an optional external drive or games supplied on card format. This may not even be NX related or may be a placeholder they don’t use or an attempt to mislead competitors. I certainly am not done with physical games. I only buy definate keepers digitally.

  • Geoffery Dickenson

    has people ever seen the price of nintendo downloadable games there friggin expensive, games that have been out for years still full price

  • CanyonVR

    And I remember people saying they will never buy a sound system without a cassette or CD player…

  • Valkyrine

    Nintendo better blow people away like the Wii did. Because this time around there are a lot of hurt fans out there. Who aren’t ready to give up their Wii U

  • MobyWesley76

    It sounds like it’s going to be compatible with the Wii U so it’s certainly not going to be a next gen console from what I understand. Can’t wait to buy an NX!!!!! I hope the graphics of the NX are surpass or equal those of the PS4 or XboxOne. 😀