Introducing the Nintendo 3DS!
This isn't just another DS model ' the Nintendo 3DS is a whole new console with more power, better graphics and improved control over the previous DS consoles.
Play games and watch films in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS top screen without the need for 3D glasses! And with an added analogue stick combined with the touch screen you'll be more precise than ever, even as you're blown away by the gorgeous 3D graphics.
The Nintendo DS was an evolution in handheld consoles ' now experience the 3D revolution with Nintendo 3DS.
Size (when closed): Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Weight: Approximately 8 ounces.
Look: Final design is TBA.
Top Screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640x480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Pre-Installed Software: TBA
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.
Input/Output: 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.
Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Battery: Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental Controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
NINTENDO ANNOUNCES Nintendo 3DS ' MCV 23rd March
A successor to the DS is on the way from Nintendo.
Called the Nintendo 3DS, the device will feature 3D displays with added depth and detail.
The 3DS will, Nintendo says, allow users to play "games [which] can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses".
Currently, a raft of games engine, middleware and hardware manufacturers are pushing a move to 3D content in the home for games and film. Sony is expected to launch 3D games for the PS3 this summer.
However 3D setups come in a mix of configurations to view depth-perception tricks on a 2D screen, from basic colour-tinted (anaglyph) versions on home DVD and Blu-ray, grey-tinted (polarised) versions in cinemas, or high-end active shutter glasses used by Sony TV sets. And many say this presents a technical barrier to making 3D accessible to mass market consumers.
First 3DS tech details emerge ' MCV 23rd March
The first sketchy details surrounding the possible technology powering Nintendo's 3DS have arrived courtesy of the Japanese press.
Spotted by Engadget, Asahi claims that the device will indeed use the parallax barrier LCD screen technology from Sharp and not ' as was suggested earlier ' some sort of motion-sensing trickery.
Parallax barriers work by applying a layer on top of an LCD screen that effectively feeds separate images to each eye. The downside of this technology is that a player must have the device positioned very specifically for it to work effectively. This could be a big problem for home console users (hence the lack of parallax-based 3DTVs), but not so much for portable users.
Nikkei adds that the 3DS will include two four-inch screens ' slightly smaller than the 4.2 inch screens seen on the DSi XL. The paper also claims that the device will also use one of two '3D control sticks', which more likely than not will take the form of one or two analogue nubs similar to those seen on the PSP.
New control methods are also said to have been patented. Expect improved wi-fi speeds and battery life, too.
3DS hitting UK this October? ' MCV 20th April
Nintendo will launch its DS successor the 3DS in the UK this October according to reports in the specialist press.
The machine was only announced a little over a month ago. Nintendo has subsequently admitted that it had planned to release the first details a lot later, but that its hand was forced after a Japanese journalist obtained information about its development.
Further details are not expected until US trade show E3 in June.
However, until now it had been widely believed that the machine would most likely launch in the UK some time in the first half of 2011, with a Japanese arrival planned some time before the end of 2010.
Now CVG claims that 'UK trade sources have informed us that the platform holder is readying an October launch for the system'. This will see it squaring off against the likes of Xbox 360 Natal and PS3 Move in the competitive Christmas market
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