A patent filed earlier this year suggests that Nintendo are active in joint-research with a company called InPhase Technologies, looking into potential holographic storage solutions.
"Disclosure is herein made that the claimed invention was made pursuant to a Joint Research Agreement as defined in 35 U.S.C. 103 (c)(3), that was in effect on or before the date the claimed invention was made, and as a result of activities undertaken within the scope of the Joint Research Agreement, by or on the behalf of Nintendo Co., and InPhase Technologies, Inc".
Using holograms, discs are able to store much more data than current Blu-Ray or DVD medium, and transfer rates are higher too. According to the InPhase website, it's the way of the future.
The lack of storage is a common complaint for Wii, but sense dictates that this holographic stuff won't get used until the next generation of consoles, if at all.
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Sounds kewl anyway.
I hope so, sony can shove it. That would be awesome for Nintendo, they would own the media world without going outside of video games.
Interesting, never heard of this. Hope it comes out to the public if it does what it says it does.
i need a wiieww said:
Wow. HD wasn't around for long, then Blu-ray busted it. Now I'm guessing this Holographicy stuff whatever you call the discs, is going to bust Blu-ray out. Just hope that Nintendo's next console doesn't cost bajillions because of it (somebody say PS3?).
the conduit said:
Oh my god, go to the site, it's confusing but it's pretty cool.
Wow sounds ahead of its time.
YEAH! Sony and their asinine blu-ray can suck it.
Dude, disks are dead anyways, dead research.
Nintendo has always been ahead of the times, n64 had the first ever AA and shaders in its gpu. We all know they innovated d-pad-analog etc etc n64 had early flash in its memory cards. Gamecube was flash sd card ready in its memory card ports. The ignorance shown by so-called gamers on this is shocking, even pc came 2nd to Nintendo a lot of the time and ps2 emotion engine was a copy of n64s reality engine. I could type all day about this subject I'm a geek.
Has anybody who posted above me considered that Sony's probably researching the same thing? I mean it's not like they're going to keep blue-ray for more than a couple consoles. Oh and holographic storage is so cost inefficient right now that a single game disc would cost thousands of dollars. So don't expect to see this technology for at least a decade or two.
Master Foot said:
I remember talks of holographic storage shortly after 2000. At this point, it's entirely possible. If this is true, then Wii will have the storage that people have been whining about for so long. If not on the Wii then definitely on the WiiHD.
I don't think the Wii has that bad of data storage. Still it would be cool if this holographic stuff became a reality.
I thought this was going to be an answer to the space problems TODAY not tomorrow *tear*. Oh well it's still kind of cool. Nintendo loves to pioneer new ideas so this may be a sign that the next Nintendo console will have even better graphics than the ps3 and 360 combined.
Diddy Kong Lover said:
It's about time Big N decided to have the better media rather than the worst (N64 still had cartridges, Gamecube used mini-discs).
Iron Maiden said:
I can't download anything else on mine. Need more storage.