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Nintendo Returning To Disc-free Game Consoles

Nintendo has said little about what its future NX console will involve (besides not running Android), but one of the company’s recent US patent applications might be a hint as to what it’s planning. The would-be patent, filed this February, talks about a “stationary game console” that uses only hard drives and external cards for storage — the first time a TV-based Nintendo system would go without discs since the Nintendo 64 from two decades ago. As the company explains, the rise of broadband makes optical drives obsolete. Why include a disc reader when any game you want is just a download away? There aren’t any big clues as to the NX’s hardware, and there’s no guarantee that this amounts to a Nintendo roadmap. It could easily change its mind ...

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