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Secret Port More Than a Microphone

Filed under: GameCube | Nintendo DS
Posted by Jeremy on August 31, 2004 11:16 AM
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Thanks to Gamespot for their article revealing that the mystery headset port on the Nintendo DS will work with the built-in 802.11b wireless capabilities, thus enabling Voice Over IP (VOIP) communication. VOIP is what XboxLIVE, and a plethora of phone and cable companies are now offering to their subscribers as a replacement for the standard phone. In other words, if you have a wireless hotspot, you can make phone calls for free.

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This feature doesn't really impact a gamer like me who simply wants the DS for a pure gaming machine. I'm excited about the games being developed for two screens and how the touch screen will change my gaming experience, especially in "Metroid" games.

However, for many connected gamers, this opens up the possibility of XboxLIVE-esque head-to-head battles with chat. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

I wonder if down the road we'll see a standard developed so that I could play an online game on my DS against one gamer on XboxLIVE and another online via the PS2 and/or PSP.

As long as this feature on the DS doesn't hurt the price, I don't think it'll hurt sales at all and only stands to increase them.









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