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Nintendo next-gen DS video games handheld may sport an Nvidia Tegra chip, in today's second 'confidentially sourced' bit of speculative news. (See 'Next Microsoft Xbox Console to Use AMD GPU?' for the first.) According to Bright Side of News, Nintendo plans to implement Nvidia's computer-on-a-chip technology to power its DS-family successor, possibly lending rationale to allegations that Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently said 50 percent of Nvidia revenue would eventually come from the Tegra family.

Tegra is Nvidia's code name for its mobile chipset which packs traditionally discrete computer functionality into a single, integrated processor.

The existing DS and DSi use dual ARM processors running at different clock speeds and splitting up tasks like number crunching, video and audio playback, and wireless network processing. A Tegra-based DS would do away with all that and presumably shrink the handheld's physical footprint.

Other devices using the Tegra chip include Microsoft's Zune HD media player and Samsung's BeatPlayer M1. Nvidia's Tegra platform page also references Window Mobile, CE, and Android-based smartphones, as well as portable navigation devices and general media players.

The Nintendo DS family--the DS, DS Lite, and dual-camera DSi--has sold in excess of 100 million units worldwide to date. After Sony's decade-old PlayStation 2 (the DS launched in Japan and North American in late 2004) and the older still original Game Boy, it's the bestselling dedicated game device in history.

BSN speculates confusingly that "given the fact that Nintendo DS hardware is based upon 16-bit and 32-bit ARM cores, it looks like Next-Gen DS could be backwards compatible with the DS application library." Anyone else having trouble parsing that statement? It sounds like they're reasoning that A is equal to A, therefore B.
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Ideas on how much of an advantage this could make?
 

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It's going to be Tegra-based so you can't really expect much. The big advantage (for Nintendo) it that the system on a chip idea works out to be very cheap in comparison to multiple chip systems. It's one more way for them to perpetuate their money printing machine.

At this point in time, there is no mentioning of which Tegra chip they plan to use, but I would assume it to be an upgrade from the current DS design but likely putting it a bit below the PSP overall (so Nintendo can rake in maximum profits).
 

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It'd certainly be interesting to see how much Nintendo will pump out of Tegra. With some luck it might even result in a smaller form factor, and a longer battery life.

I for one, am interested.
 

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Nintendo won't go all out because going all out means loss in profit.

They are going to release something last gen and charge current gen prices like usual. :3
The DSi is ~$100 cheaper than the PSP Go... Exactly how do you explain that? The PSP was always more expensive than the DS...
 

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You said they'll release something last gen and charge current gen prices...

Current Gen PSP Go = $249
DSi = $169.

We're talking portables here, what else are you comparing the DS?
 

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DSi only games? Why wouldn't you want DS games playable? I doubt GBA games would be playable on any future DS systems. :cry:
 

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But killing DS support, that eliminates a huge library...there aren't any DSi games now I know of?
 

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Sounds very interesting, the tegra chip in the Zune HD certainly makes it look crisp and pretty, I would like to see the new DS look crisp and pretty. Might just be the first hand held I will by since the original Gameboy.
 

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You said they'll release something last gen and charge current gen prices...

Current Gen PSP Go = $249
DSi = $169.

We're talking portables here, what else are you comparing the DS?
Um ok? See my last post? and I wasn't directly referencing portable consoles. I meant nintendo as a whole.


Hint: I was talking about the wii.
 

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Why bring up the Wii when we're talking about portables....?

And the Wii was the cheapest system until the 360/PS3 has serious price drops, and why shouldn't Nintendo charge what it can get for the Wii? That's called Capitalism, companies charge what they can get for products.
 

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Why bring up the Wii when we're talking about portables....?

And the Wii was the cheapest system until the 360/PS3 has serious price drops, and why shouldn't Nintendo charge what it can get for the Wii? That's called Capitalism, companies charge what they can get for products.
Ok?? Are you trying to spark an argument? I haven't said anything against any of that.
 
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