Nintendo has dropped an interesting announcement on their website out of nowhere in something that can hardly be said to even resemble a proper press release (quoted below). The company plans to release a new update to their portable gaming console – the Nintendo DS, and the new version currently know as the 3DS will supposedly have an autostereoscopic 3D display built-in (no glasses required to see the stereo 3D image). Of course there is not a lot of information available yet and Nintendo will wait for E3 in June to give us more details on their plans for the 3DS console, with the most important question being if the S3D support will work with all titles (including already available games) or it will require new titles…
To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Launch of New Portable Game Machine
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS” (temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.
“Nintendo 3DS” (temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.
We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.
This is certainly good news for the gaming community, what we now need is more commitment from the movie and video producers to start creating more stereoscopic 3D video content, because that is what will drive most consumers to adopt the new 3D technologies. Hopefully Blu-ray 3D will be a good step in that direction, but lets wait for it a bit more and see what happens.