3DS and PSP 2 could have 3G support, maybe

Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo wants to put 3G network access on future handheld gaming systems, potentially including the 3DS and whatever succeeds the PSP.

The company's president, Ryuji Yamada, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, "Videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless communication. We are discussing this with various players."

We assume Nintendo and Sony are "players," but both companies declined to comment.

The idea of a 3G-enabled 3DS (maybe a second model?), or new 3G PSP, doesn't seem all that far-fetched. 3G connectivity would be useful for more than downloading and playing games - a host of applications, similar to those on Android and the iPhone OS, could be made available. So, basically, the addition of 3G would turn handhelds into game-centric iPhones, just without the phone (though the iPhone is barely a phone as it is).

Would you be willing to pay a monthly fee for an always-connected 3DS or PSP successor? Is Wi-Fi enough?

UPDATE: Looks like we missed a juicy tidbit in the WSJ article:

"Sony is developing a portable device that shares characteristics of hand-held game machines, e-book readers and netbook computers, according to people familiar with the matter."

Oh really? What is this mystery device? Could it be a new PSP, or something entirely different? Sony's iPad competitor, perhaps? Is it called PlayView?

Jul 8, 2010


  • vinicusg.t.guedes - July 9, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    I'd trade 3g for dual analog sticks any day. Still, not a bad feature, specially if it doesn't run the device's battery dry in less than a hour.
  • RebornKusabi - July 9, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    So my PSP Go died the other day and something tells me that I should probably wait on paying the $100 dollars (!) on repair costs until I see what this "mysterious portable" is...
  • gamedingo - July 8, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    I could do without 3g, if they could just dedicate more to the DS's internet browser(needs more memory)
  • Cyberninja - July 8, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    psp 2 would be nice.
  • WillisTron - July 8, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    I'm looking more forward to the games really and could care less about 3G 3DS - DAY ONE PURCHASE
  • Valntyne - July 8, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Sounds good, gotta wait till they say how much they expect me to pay for it.
  • Hydrohs - July 8, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    I think it'd be great having 3G on the 3DS/PSP2. I'm basing most of that awesomeness on whether or not you'd be ale to play games over 3G. But even just being able to browse the net on something faster than a phone would be great.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 8, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    Meaning, whatever Sony creates to succeed the PSP.
  • chunko97 - July 8, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    PSP 2?

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