Nintendo is expected to launch a new DSi hand-held gaming device in Japan that has a larger screen, as the company tries to increase sales in the hand-held gaming market it once dominated.
The current unit has a 3.5-inch screen, but it is having a difficult time competing with the apple iPhone. The unconfirmed report claims Nintendo wants to use a screen that is more than 4-inches in size, which is similar to the rival Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) unit.
Despite including a larger screen, it seems analysts believe the DSi needs a more powerful processor — but it doesn’t appear Nintendo plans to make any other hardware changes with this upgrade. Any major hardware upgrades will likely force Nintendo to introduce a new DSi casing, and it’s unlikely Nintendo is ready to do that quite yet.
Besides a new physical design, increasing the screen size wouldn’t make much sense — the gaming unit will keep the same specific resolution, and a screen size increase would lessen the video quality. However, the Nikkei Business Daily report indicates Nintendo could market the new DSi towards older generations who have failing eyesight — and it could one day be used to compete with e-reading devices.
The new device, which will sell alongside the normal DSi, will carry the same 18,900 yen ($210 USD) price tag. It is expected to launch in Japan before the end of the year, with no public North America launch details announced.