Redesigned portable gets photo-integration with social networking site.
This week, Nintendo announced that the DSi is now compatible with Facebook...at least in part. As promised back at E3, the latest redesign of the popular console now features limited integration with the equally popular social networking site, allowing users to post photos taken with the system's built-in camera. (Naturally, you'll still have to have access to a wireless Internet connection.) While this was indeed an interesting innovation and likely a very smart move for Nintendo, they weren't alone – E3 also saw confirmation that the Xbox 360 would soon be compatible with not only Facebook, but also Twitter. For more information on the Nintendo DSi and its new capabilities, be sure to check out the official press release below:
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 3, 2009 – Starting today, Nintendo DSi™ owners have even more ways to share their experiences with friends and family. Using an Internet-connected Nintendo DSi system and the Nintendo DSi Camera application, Facebook members can take pictures with either of the system's two cameras and upload their photos directly to their Facebook profile. This function will be available after 5 p.m. Pacific with a free downloadable system update.
While reviewing pictures they've stored in the Nintendo DSi Camera album, which includes photos taken by users and manipulated using the built-in interactive lenses, users can simply tap the Facebook icon on the system's touch screen to instantly transmit photos to the user's Facebook profile. The user's system must be configured to a wireless broadband Internet connection for the transmission of photos.
"Facebook and Nintendo DSi build on the trend of personalization that is so important to consumers," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We're giving people the tools to express themselves in creative new ways and show off the results to their friends and family on Facebook."
Nintendo DSi has sold more than 1.7 million units in the United States alone, according to the NPD Group. The third iteration of the world's best-selling portable video game system includes photo- and voice-manipulation features that allow users to customize their experiences like never before.
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