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It's only a matter of time before video games go 'cartridge' again

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With flash memory becoming more compact, not needing a power source (such as a small battery) to keep information on the cartridge, and increasing transfer rates over laser technology, I believe the cartridge style of gaming could very well come back into being.
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Maybe but then the games would last for ever!. If maintained propperly.
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Yeah maybwe you are right. Companies annoy me, they complain about piracy and go ahead and record all their copyright material in the easiest form to pirate. Cartriges will bring back games that dont have stupid protection on them, fair play i say.
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Eventually all forms of non-volatile memory (i.e.: not RAM or VRAM) will probably take the form of flash memory. Imagine what kind of load times we would get with a flash hard drive!
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I was thinking the same thing. Load screens? What load screens!
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I did read in CustomPC magazine a preview for a ram hard drive sorry i dont mean to jack the thread.
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Nice idea, and I've thought about it before; but I doubt it will happen in the "big" consoles. Flash memory is just so darn expensive compared to optical, we're talking hundreds of dollars for a flash card large enough to hold a game vs. less than a dollar for optical media that can do the same job. It will therefore be several years (I'm thinking at least five) before it is cheap enough to mass produce as game cartridges that they can sell at current game price points. By then, I predict that at least one of these two things will happen:

1. This is almost a guarantee: Game sizes will increase even more, which would require even larger flash memory; and flash cards that big will still be expensive. Remember, five years from now we should be in or gearing up for the next generation of consoles (i.e. whatever comes after the X360, PS3 and Revolution.)

2. This will also definitely happen, although maybe not in five years: There will be no hardcopies of games sold. Once XBox Live and its ilk has taken over the mindsets of gamers, and broadband is in every household, the packaged software distribution model will evaporate. It's already happening in the PC arena with Steam; you know that Microsoft is looking at that model and going "Hmm, we could make X more dollars if we cut out the middleman like Vale did."

Now where I do think flash memory could work is in the PSP/GameBoy form factor. Especially the PSP, because UMDs are slow, sucky, crap media.
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Nice idea, and I've thought about it before; but I doubt it will happen in the "big" consoles. Flash memory is just so darn expensive compared to optical, we're talking hundreds of dollars for a flash card large enough to hold a game vs. less than a dollar for optical media that can do the same job. It will therefore be several years (I'm thinking at least five) before it is cheap enough to mass produce as game cartridges that they can sell at current game price points. By then, I predict that at least one of these two things will happen:

1. This is almost a guarantee: Game sizes will increase even more, which would require even larger flash memory; and flash cards that big will still be expensive. Remember, five years from now we should be in or gearing up for the next generation of consoles (i.e. whatever comes after the X360, PS3 and Revolution.)

2. This will also definitely happen, although maybe not in five years: There will be no hardcopies of games sold. Once XBox Live and its ilk has taken over the mindsets of gamers, and broadband is in every household, the packaged software distribution model will evaporate. It's already happening in the PC arena with Steam; you know that Microsoft is looking at that model and going "Hmm, we could make X more dollars if we cut out the middleman like Vale did."

Now where I do think flash memory could work is in the PSP/GameBoy form factor. Especially the PSP, because UMDs are slow, sucky, crap media.
Flash memory is already in effect I think in the DS.
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i believe gigabyte has already developed a ram hard drive, it basicaly uses the sata connection, and is placed on a pci slot to power it. cant remember how much ram you could use but i think it needed ecc ram. windows could boot from it as it was seen as a hard drive it also had a battery so you could power down the pc and the ram would still store the info
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gigabyte i-ram

http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/09/07/can_gigabyte/

boot video

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...=i-ram&pl=true
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