Could The DS Be Better?
By seaempty. Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:26:43 PM
Eric-Jon Rössel Waugh of Next-Generation has written an article on how he believes that the DS could, and should be improved. His basic points are as follows:
- Give the system some internal flash memory. - At the moment downloaded demos are saved on RAM memory and get deleted when the DS is switched off. It would be nice to have some more permanent storage.
- Improve the system interface. - Make the DS desktop more like the Wii, so that you can access it without the need to restart the console. The ability to suspend the games would also be welcomed.
- Make the system interface expandable. - The ability to download new features, like you download new channels for the Wii.
- Add a Virtual Console. - A VC specifically for the DS, including not only GameBoy and GBA games, but also GameGear, Neo Geo Pocket, and Atari Lynx.
- Integrate wi-fi support. - The old universal friend code grumble, and the ability to manage Wi-Fi settings from the main menu.
- Integrate Pictochat more. - Make Pictochat available in more games, like Animal Crossing.
- Let users toy more with the system menus. - Use the stylus to customise the menus and icons. "Doodle avatars for Pictochat. Doodle wallpaper. Doodle borders for windows".
- Make real, native use of the Game Boy advance slot. - Use the GBA slot for expansion paks similar to that of the N64, allowing for higher quality games, and maybe even offering all the above improvements.
The full article can be found here, and raises some interesting points. They are points that I'm sure most of us have already thought about. In your opinion, does the DS need improvements to keep on top, or is it fine as it is? We've already seen a cosmetic overhaul yield impressive results, would a software update be met as well?