GNER promise WiFi gaming on trains
The UK rail network isn't renown for running on-time, let alone technological innovation, but none the less train operator GNER has announced plans to put WiFi hotspots across their fleet of trains. What this means, Nintendo inform us, is that we'll be able to enjoy a spot of DS wireless connection gaming even on the move.
Services between destinations from London and Aberdeen including York, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow are all covered and non-stop wireless connectivity is promised. Ninty would like it noted that this is especially good for Animal Crossing fans (though of course could also be used by laptop users or - shudder - owners of the PSP).
The technology will apaprently be seamless thanks to a combination of satellite dishes on train roofs and 3G/GPRS connectivity - meaning you'll remain connected even in tunnels. Prices start from 2.95 GBP, and it is free for those in first-class, whilst we're told the fleet of trains will be ready from the end of the summer.
John Gelson, Media Relations Manager at GNER, enthused: “What otherwise might be seen as five long hours on a train is now an excuse to make the most of new wireless gaming! The combination of WiFi and the at-seat power-point is great for gamers as it means you really can play non-stop while you travel. The WiFi access also means you can surf the web and communicate with friends on the move.”