Nintendo explains how it tests a DS

first_imgHaving owned several generations of gaming hardware, my Nintendo devices always seem to be the most hard wearing. That comes down to a combination of great design and thorough testing, and Nintendo has decided to share some of the tests it puts hardware through to ensure it wont break in the sweaty hands of a gamer.As part of the company’s 2012 consumer report, Nintendo has posted seven pictures along with a summary of the tests it carries out on the Nintendo DS. These are sure to be just a few of the multitude of tests the device has to pass, but it does demonstrate how tough the DS has to be.As you’d expect, Nintendo tests the strengthof the keys with a button striking durability test. The exterior surface is checked for wear with a rubbing test, the hinges are tested for performance by repeatedly opening and closing them, and even the wiring is tested for strength by bending it and checking for stress.The final test detailed on the actual hardware itself is the drop test. The height of the drop isn’t specified, but based on the image, it looks to be about a meter above the ground.Nintendo also extends testing to product packaging so as to keep the DS safe during transport. The two tests detailed include vibrating a box full of devices on a vibration plate, probably to simulate transport on a truck and poor road surfaces. These boxes will also be stacked, so Nintendo squashes them with a predetermined force equaling the maximum stack height shipping allows in either a container or vehicle.Beyond that, Nintendo carries out a number of temperature and humidity tests to ensure heat, cold, and moisture don’t impact the electronics and result in a faulty device.The hardware used in the tests will never make it to retail. Nintendo will just regularly pick final hardware from the production line and carry out the tests to ensure a high quality product is shipping out.More at Nintendo, via TinyCartridgelast_img

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