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Nintendo 3DS Has Been Officially Announced and Demonstrated at E3

June 15th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Other S3D Tech

This is how the new Nintendo 3DS will look like, of course with different color variations and not just blue as it was show in Nindendo’s presentation during E3. The 3DS has got an analog stick, a directional pad, four main action buttons and select, home and start control buttons and of course the power button. But there is one more interesting button on the top part of the console and that is the 3D Depth Slider that will allow you to control the level of depth you get displayed on the 3D screen. And the top screen is 3,5-inches with widescreen format (16:9) and 3D-capable, of course using an autostereoscopic display technology not requiring you to wear glasses to see the stereo 3D image. The smaller display on the bottom part is 2D only and in 4:3 aspect ratio with a touchscreen for additional level of control, and there is no touch panel on the top screen as it seems that 3D and Touch functionality still don’t go so well together. There is a WiFi functionality, but it will be just for new content download and maybe game to game console communication, although additional functionality may be added like a web browser for example.

Nintendo 3DS now has a motion sensor and a gyro, two built-in cameras or maybe you can actually say three as there is one camera on the inside (top center of the console), and two camera lenses on the outside that will allow you to take 3D photos. The interaxial distance between the two lenses on the outside 3D camera seems smaller, but it is most likely around 5-6 centimeters form what I can judge, so it should be Ok even when taking photos of closer objects, although still not close enough for macro. Yet another nice extra functionality, although no word on photo resolution and image quality as well as if it will also support 3D video recording or it will be only for taking 3D photos.

The graphic performance has also been improved over the previous generation of DS as it is to be expected in order to have good stereo 3D support, but besides better graphics and in stereo 3D the new 3DS will also be usable for viewing 3D movies. Probably with the first 3D title available How To Train Your Dragon from DreamWorks with other Hollywood studios to follow. The game studios backing up the new hand-held console are also joining the 3D party with big names like Activision, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Konami, Sega, Square Enix, THQ, Ubisoft already in the list along with a few more of course.

So the new Nintendo 3DS will be like a Nintendo Wii that fits in your hand, with a graphics at the level of that available on the Wii and in stereo 3D. But besides a portable console you’ll also get a 3D movie player and a 3D photo camera all in one portable device which doesn’t sound bad at all. Now all we need is a bit more technical details like specifications and then also the pricing and availability of the 3DS, but it is still a bit too early for that.

Some of the specs were published on the official 3DS website…
– The top 3D screen is 3.53-inch with 800×240 pixel resolution, which is actually 400×240 per eye for the 3D of the autostereoscopic display.
– The bottom 3.02-inch LCD is with 320×240 pixel resolution and a touch screen functionality.
– Both the inner camera and two outer cameras are with 640×480 (0.3 Mp) resolution.
– The 3D Depth Slider used to adjust the level of 3D effect can also be turned off completely to disable the 3D effect, but why would you want to do that.
– The 3DS will be available in three colors: blue, red and black.
– The size is 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall (13.5×7.4×2 cm).
– The weight of the console is around 8 ounces (230 grams).

Now a bit more about the wireless functionality that may even cause some privacy concerns due to the fact that even when the console is not in use and is in sleep mode it can still use the wireless to communicate with other consoles or get data from the internet. The WiFi module is using the 2.4 GHz band allowing the Nintendo 3DS to connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others, supports IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). And there seems to be a button to disable wireless…

For more information visit the official E3 Nintendo 3DS website…

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Nintendo Will Add Stereoscopic 3D Support in the New Nintendo 3DS

March 24th, 2010 · 7 Comments · General 3D News

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.

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