Nintendo Announces 3D Version Of DS Handheld: No Glasses Required - HotHardware
Nintendo Announces 3D Version Of DS Handheld: No Glasses Required

Nintendo Announces 3D Version Of DS Handheld: No Glasses Required

Oh, boy. 3D really might be taking over the world. In all honesty, we won't believe that until Google announces a 3D version of their search engine, but believe us, it's probably already in the works. Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another 3D announcement on the horizon, Nintendo (of all companies!) comes out and hits the world in the face with this one: a 3D version of the popular DS portable gaming handheld.

As you may expect, Nintendo will be calling the system the 3DS, which just happens to work out really well for them. But what's interesting isn't that a company who broke new ground by introducing the world to motion gaming (with the Wii remote), but how it'll be done. The new 3D handheld won't require the same 3D glasses that the vast majority of consumer 3D systems do today. According to reports, it will "allow users to play three-dimensional (3D) games without using special glasses."

Also wild is that the console will be able to "play titles created for previous DS models and will be launched in the financial year starting in April." This isn't the first we've heard of 3D in the gaming world; Sony already acknowledged that 3D games would be coming to the PlayStation 3, but bringing 3D to a handheld is definitely a first. Other third-party companies have created "skins" that give a faux 3D impression on existing devices, but this marks the first time a major console maker has went out and done things on their own.



Unfortunately, details about the 3DS are still scarce. We're hearing that more details will be available in June at the annual E3 expo in California, but we suspect it will use the same larger screens that are found in the recently release DSi XL. We also hope that whatever technology Nintendo will be using to deliver 3D without glasses can also be used on HDTVs. We think 3D as a whole would take off far faster if no one had to sit around donning those.
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It must be using some sort of linticular screen to generate a 3D effect.

or else it could just be another gimmick to use the name 3DS?

Either way I am surprised they are trying to pass something with such tiny screens off as 3D. Maybe you will have to hold it sideways and at a certain distance the two screens will match up and generate a 3D image :P

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Just bought a DSi XL? (queue Nelson voice...)

I just know my kids are going to ask for it.... arghhhh...

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Just a guess, but I'd guess that they are using something similar to a fresnel lens on top of the screen (similar to that other no-glasses 3D display posted a few days ago). I wonder if it has any effect on image quality compared to a regular DS.

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This is just horrible. The timing for announcing 3DS can not be any worse than now when the DSi XL is being released in the United States. This is Nintendo's Achilles heel. They have done this time after time...releasing refined versions of a core hardware rather than releasing good softwares to support the hardware.

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Kyouya:

This is just horrible. The timing for announcing 3DS can not be any worse than now when the DSi XL is being released in the United States. This is Nintendo's Achilles heel. They have done this time after time...releasing refined versions of a core hardware rather than releasing good softwares to support the hardware.

 

I agree. It is stupid to announce a new DS days before the DSi XL even reached store shelves.

I've used my old DS more as a dictionary than I have as a handheld gaming device. New Pokemon game...? Can't play those games anymore.

 

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Ha :) i never bought a DS as im not a fan of Nintendo for some reason... The only product i ever bought from them was Gamboy color/advance :) and the wii which i did not like and sold after a month or so.

That picture makes me dizzy...

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Oh my God, I'm tired of Nintendo crapping out a new DS every year. The last DS I owned was the very first one, that I got on launch day (I think). I ended up selling it about 4 years ago to one of my friends for like $35. I know Nintendo is trying to claim the throne of "Handheld Console King" but they just keep adding one major thing to the DS every year. I want them to spend more time on the Wii, creating a better motion detection system, considering MotionPlus was the fail that it was.

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