What does SpotPass do ?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by pachura, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. pachura
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    pachura GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I get StreetPass, but what does SpotPass really do ?

    Does it continuously try to connect to open unsecured WiFi networks and download stuff ? But why, if it could simply use my home network ?

    Or does it just record SSIDs of WiFi spots I'm passing by in order to reward me with content (similar to granting coins for walking distances) ?
     
  2. prowler

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_3DS
    Yes it connects to free/unsercured WiFi networks and yes it downloads stuff.

    Why? Because Nintendo can. If you don't want it to, turn off the Wi-Fi switch or turn off the 3DS when out.
     
  3. sergster1

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    Spot pass is used to download updates and extra content for 3DS games/Nintendo shop titles.

    Thats really about it. It connects to a router and downloads the update automatically.
     
  4. pachura
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    But what's the point ? Everyone has WiFi at home. Besides, 90% access point are secured nowadays...
     
  5. sergster1

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    See my above post. And it will connect to your OWN wifi network if its registered in your 3DS
     
  6. Nollog

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    It's so Nintendo don't have to have 3G and you don't have to pay at&t money every month.

    Because Nintendo had a crazy idea that some people leave their house when they have a portable console.
     
  7. Miss Panda

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    I've always said they were out of touch.
     
  8. SamAsh07

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    SpotPass doesn't auto connect, I tried taking 3DS outside, it wasn't connected to the various unsecured networks, the "auto" thing is a lie.
     
  9. Ace Overclocked

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    fw updates?
    hell no it doesn't autoupdate it just notifies you
     
  10. pachura
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    I understand, but I still don't get why are they emphasizing the "downloading on the go" concept.

    Most people have WiFi networks at home. So it's enough that you simply turn on your 3DS before leaving/after getting back to receive all your SpotPass updates/notifications... isn't it ? It's not a matter of life & death to get the latest code for a SSF4 figurine within minutes after it is released...

    Plus, as I've written, most access points are secured nowadays, so your 3DS won't be able to download anything.
     
  11. prowler

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    The latest update enables SpotPass to get auto updates.
     
  12. RodrigoCamilo

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    Yeah it does update automatically, one great example is the pokedex 3d if you let your 3ds in sleep mode for 3~5 minutes it will download a pokemon automatically even without notifying you. But I'm not sure if it updates firmwares automatically but I think the spotpass function is just for games and eshop content.
     
  13. Nollog

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    They don't connect to unsecured networks.
    This is a mis-conception created here by idiots.

    It connects to specially created networks like at bestbuy in the US.
    http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/hardware#/9
    "exclusive content at select partners"
    "any one of thousands of HotSpot locations nationwide."
    These are the hotspot providers who are compatible: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/built-in-software/#/12
     
  14. pachura
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    pachura GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    OK, so you have to visit specific places to get this additional SpotPass content.
    I guess this is supposed to get nerds out of their basements to shopping malls with hope of selling them stuff ?

    In the end, I don't care much. The big stuff (like the recent system update) will be too important not to be broadcasted globally.
     
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