Techknow: Things to come ... New game boy

Techknow: Things to come ... New game boy - Mobile internet won't just be about peripatetic execs banking on the move. It will also be about mobile trading, betting, music and online games - for all ages. The more the WAP-enabled phone becomes a consumer

by JAMES WOUDHUYSEN
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Mobile internet won't just be about peripatetic execs banking on the move. It will also be about mobile trading, betting, music and online games - for all ages. The more the WAP-enabled phone becomes a consumer product, the more it will become an entertainment device - and a platform for games.

Trouble is, online games ought to be a visual affair, yet mobile phones present screens which are pretty pokey. The latest news is that Ninetendo plans to give its Game Boy a much bigger screen (2.9 inches rather than 2.3 inches) with higher resolution and more colours, plus a port-and-cable to hook it up to net-enabled phones.

The new Game Boy Advance, which will launch in Japan in August, has a 32-bit ARM processor that lets players download games software and engage in multi-player contests over the net.

Better still, Nintendo says it will link Advance to a new digital camera. That way you'll be able to see your opponent, while you fight him, as you commute to work.

james.w@seymourpowell.co.uk.

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