Nintendo considering holographic storage solution for Wii?
Even though the lack of space on the Wii to store downloadale games, content, and channels have been a persistent issue since the console’s launch, Nintendo may finally be considering an approach – although unconventional – to solve the problem. An excerpt from a filed patent hints that Nintendo may be considering a holographic storage solution, in conjunction with InPhase Technologies, for Wii. “In compliance with 37 C.F.R. .sctn.1.71(g) (1), 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., Ltd. and InPhase Technologies, Inc.” It may be worth noting that the patent was filed a few months back, at a time at which one could argue Nintendo was not seriously considering a storage solution. Whether or not this is still a realistic possibility is up in the air, especially since an HDD would make more sense. However, any fix, even if untraditional, will be more than welcomed by the hardcore Nintendo crowd.
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