More Details From Matsushita
Matsushita, in a partenership with Nintendo, promised us that the Gamecube hardware will support both Nintendo's 8cm Gamecube Disc and DVD formats. Good news from the front...
Ever since Nintendo officially announced a partnership with the Matsushita, it was known that the electronics giant would offer an alternative version of the Gamecube hardware which would be able to play DVD movies (unlike the console itself). However, very few details regarding this unique venture have surfaced since the initial statement.
Good news though - Matsushita held a press conference in Japan yesterday to speak specifically on its plans for Nintendo's next-generation Gamecube hardware, and many new details have finally come into light. First, Matsushita promised that it is in development with hardware that will support both Nintendo's 8cm Gamecube Disc and DVD formats, probably by offering two different sized grooves within the caddy itself. The device is in fact scheduled to launch side-by-side with Nintendo's Gamecube console next July in Japan. Incidentally, there are no plans to launch Matsushita's higher-end version in the US or the rest of the world at this time.
Matsushita concedes that its version of the Gamecube hardware will be more expensive, but it also notes that it expects prices to decrease as the machine is streamlined. A price estimate was not stated.
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"Matsushita promised that they are in developing hardware that will support both Nintendo's 8cm Gamecube Disc and DVD formats."