Friday, January 27, 2012

One Per Cent - Nintendo Wii U to have touch-free payment system

Jacob Aron, technology reporter
(Image: AP Photo/Nintendo)

Nintendo has announced that the tablet-like controller of its next console, the Wii U, will come equipped with a near-field communications (NFC) chip, opening up the possibility of new kinds of games and new ways to pay for them.
"By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via non-contact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
A game released last year called Skylanders used NFC technology to bring toy models into its virtual environment, but that required a special hardware add-on - the new controller will allow any game on the Wii U to do the same.
Iwata also suggested the chips could be used to pay for new in-game content via an NFC-enabled phone system, such as the recently launched Google Wallet. "Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities, such as using it as a means of making micropayments," he said.
The company plans to announce the final details of the Wii U in June at E3, the video game industry's biggest annual gathering, and will release the console later this year.

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