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Nintendo Shows Off DSpeak Voice-Over-IP

by Rick Powers - May 18, 2005, 3:47 pm EDT
Total comments: 9

First info on Nintendo's take on the Voice-Over-IP phenomenon.

There isn't a lot to say about DSpeak just yet, as it is a very limited demo here at E3 2005. DSpeak will work over the Internet using WiFi (which is how it was set up at the show), and you will be able to get alerts when you friends come online, similar to an instant messenger program.

Nintendo has tiny earpieces with microphones attached, which clip onto your ear, similar to what you might find packaged with a cell phone. Voice quality was difficult to ascertain, due to the incredibly loud convention center, but for the most part, the demo was working as shown.

The most interesting part was that a Nintendo character (in this demo, Mario and Wario) was shown on the upper screen, and his lips are synchronized to the speech coming from the person on the other end of the conversation. In a way, you can "see" the person you're talking to.

No word yet on whether or not Nintendo will be releasing "DSpeak", but we'll keep you posted.


theratMay 18, 2005

can you call regular numbers with it?

nickmitchMay 18, 2005

I can't wait to make wario say "I'm Rick James, bitch!"

NephilimMay 18, 2005

there are getting popular in australia
even telstra is releasing there version late next year
I would rather Rev just have a build in Yahoo messenger type thing (cam/buddylist/voice/game meetup), then just a voice chat for ds

Tuxedo.BondMay 18, 2005

I doubt you will be able to call land line or cellular phones without a fee.

RickPowersRick Powers, Staff AlumnusMay 18, 2005

I would imagine that you will only be able to contact other Nintendo DS units running DSpeak.

ThePermMay 20, 2005

i know that nintendo partnered up with gamespy...but didn t they partner up with aol or someone too along time ago?

KDR_11kMay 20, 2005

They had to do that to get AOL's proprietary protocols. AOL doesn't want anyone to connect to their service without using AOL-approved software.

RobotorMay 21, 2005

So could you only contact people you don't know? Or is there a directory? If this can be used for match-making it'll be awesome, that way I won't need a lap top to figure out who's willing to play while I'm at starbucks. Sounds like a neat idea, I hope it gets fleshed out more.

NephilimMay 21, 2005

I wouldnt mind randomly talking ro a hired female model in ny city

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