Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

Jun 16, 2010

Nintendo announced a sweet piece of hardware called 3DS. This beautiful thing contains lots of improvements compared to the previous model, including true stereoscopic display and a 3D camera.

Check out those tiny round dots on the back side of 3DS. This device has 3 camera modules, two on a back side and one on front side. Catch is the resolution – just 640×480 pixels for every camera. And it sort of unclear if the device be able to record 3d video. Nintendo plans not only provide stereoscopic gaming content, but also to make 3DS a distributing platform for watching videos and animations. And you won’t be needing any glasses to see the stereo.

Some tech specs:

Top Screen:
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
Touch Screen:
3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Nintendo 3DS Game Card:
2 GB Max. at launch.
Wireless Communication:
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can 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. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.

Game Controls:
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.

Other Input Controls:
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.

A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.

Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.

Price tag is to be announced later. Check out the official site for more info and pictures:

Engadget got nice coverage on the device. Check out the vid:

SlashFilm is writing that Nintendo 3DS will be used as a platform for watching 3D films.

Have to say, that looks just great. Little screen has the advantage of the narrow viewing angle, and that’s why you won’t be needing 3d glasses for playing 3d games on 3DS. Thumbs up for Nintendo, that’s the way to go.

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