The 3DS will be with us soon, I keep getting asked “what do you think about the Nintendo 3DS?” – A question I’m going to answer in full when I get one, until now, here are my expectations on what the device will mean for gaming and 3D entertainment.
“The Nintendo 3DS is an upcoming portable game console by Nintendo, which can produce “3D effects without the need for any special glasses” via a process called autostereoscopy.
It will be released in Japan on February 26, 2011 for ¥25,000, and will succeed the Nintendo DS series of handhelds, which primarily shares the handheld console market with Sony’s PSP. The Nintendo 3DS will feature backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, including Nintendo DSi software.
The Nintendo 3DS is based on a custom PICA200 graphics processor from a Japanese start-up Digital Media Professionals (DMP). It has two screens; the top screen is a 3.53 in (90 mm) 5:3 3D screen with a resolution of 800×240 pixels (400×240 pixels per eye, WQVGA) that is able to produce an autostereoscopic three-dimensional effect (one without 3D glasses), while the bottom screen is a 3.02 in (77 mm) 4:3 non-3D touch panel with a resolution of 320×240 pixels (QVGA). The 3DS weighs approximately 230 grams (8.1 oz) and, when closed, is 134 mm (5.3 in) wide, 74 mm (2.9 in) broad, and 21 mm (0.83 in) thick.
The system will support a 2.4 GHz 802.11 wi-fi connectivity with enhanced security (WPA|WPA2).
On the issue of piracy, game developer THQ claims that the Nintendo 3DS features sophisticated anti-piracy technology which Nintendo believes is able to significantly curb video game piracy, which had increasingly depressed the handheld market with the proliferation of cheap flash memory and the rise in illegal file sharing.
An included cradle allows for faster downloads and uploads, and will act as a charger.
The system features several additions to the design of the original DS, including a slider on the side of the device that adjusts the intensity of the 3D effect, a round nub analog input called the “Circle Pad”, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.
The 3DS has two cameras on the outside of the device, capable of taking 3D photos, as well as a camera positioned above the top screen on the inside of the device which faces the player, capable of taking 2D photos and capturing 2D video; both cameras have a resolution of 640×480 pixels (0.3 megapixel).” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_3DS