By Andrew Liszewski
Because of its hardware limitations, the Nintendo DS has never really been a great platform for watching videos. But a new flashcart called the iPlayer could change that. Like with all the other flashcarts available for the DS the iPlayer is able to load “homebrew software” though the makers claim it will NOT be able to load backup ROMs.
What it will be able to do though is natively play video files without having to convert them to a DS-friendly format first, thanks to a built-in decoding chip. So you’ll be able to load AVI, RMVB, RM, FLV, ASF, MPG, MOV, WMV, DivX, or XviD video files onto a microSD card and play them natively off your DS. However, the iPlayer only supports videos up to 640×480 in res, and you’ll probably see poorer playback performance with anything larger, though they will work. There doesn’t seem to be any pricing info for the iPlayer just yet, but if it really doesn’t support the loading of backup ROMs I think it’s going to be a tough sell since the DS is first and foremost a gaming platform.