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Nintendo reveals 3DS specs

Nintendo reveals 3DS specs

Nintendo has revealed the first official specifications of the new 3DS handheld.

Nintendo has revealed the first official details and specifications for the new 3DS console at E3 2010, confirming that the 3D effects are limited to one of the devices two screens, don't need glasses to be viewed, and can be turned off.

The Japanese firm also revealed some of the early titles that fans can expect to see alongside the 3DS when it launches - and the line-up brings in a host of big names. Metal Gear Solid, Ridge Racer, Batman, Assassin's Creed, Resident Evil, Samurai Warriors, Madden, Saints Row, Kingdom Hearts and DJ Hero were all mentioned as early titles, according to Eurogamer.

A 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time is rumoured. In true bit-tech tradition we'll of course point out that System Shock 2 was a better game than Ocarina.

Spec-wise, the DS is 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long and 0.8 inches tall, and weighs approximately eight ounces.

Like the existing DS, the 3DS still has two screens, the top one of which is 3.53 inches diagonally and runs in 800 x 240 resolution - essentially 400 pixels for each eye. It's likely the system produces its 3D effects using some form of autostereoscopy, where a parallax barrier - a layer of material - is placed on the screen. it has angled slits in it that sends slightly different visuals to each eye of a correctly situated viewer. Only the top screen runs the 3D effects, which doesn't require goggles and can be minimised, maximised or disabled with the aid of a depth slider.

The lower screen is still a touch screen, measuring 3.02 inches and 320x240 resolution. The are two cameras, one inside, one outer, all 640x480 in 0.3 megapixel resolution.

The 3DS has 802.11 Wi-Fi, just like the original DS models, and supports WPA/WPA2 security.

Most of the controls are similar to the older DS models, but there's a new analogue nub for controlling 3D movement, plus an embedded motion sensor and gyro. The 3DS game card slot will also accept older DS games.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums, and you can check out Nintendo's trailer below.

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proxess 16th June 2010, 11:30 Quote
I'd like to see it in actual action.
Bad_cancer 16th June 2010, 11:53 Quote
I'd be scared out of my mind if my DS could swallow me up
BlackMage23 16th June 2010, 12:07 Quote
Sounds good, but as Proxess said, lets see it in action.
Bonzo45 16th June 2010, 12:35 Quote
That trailer was awesome! Loving the humour!
Omnituens 16th June 2010, 12:43 Quote
Still won't get me to give up my DSlite (best version so far).
mrbens 16th June 2010, 13:46 Quote
Nice, I'd like one of these.
DXR_13KE 16th June 2010, 14:11 Quote
I think it has 3 cameras, one in the front and 2 in the back.
GravitySmacked 16th June 2010, 14:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
I'd like to see it in actual action.

Yep me too.
slisgrinder 16th June 2010, 14:38 Quote
This doesn't even show how it works?!?!?!
Aracos 16th June 2010, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by slisgrinder
This doesn't even show how it works?!?!?!

If you watched the conference they said multiple times there's no way to get across what it's like. That's why they had hundreds of booth babes at the end for everyone at the conference to see it in action XD
StoneyMahoney 16th June 2010, 15:36 Quote
Small children + long car journey + N3DS = Projectile Vomiting?
eddtox 16th June 2010, 15:38 Quote
Once again nintendo shows off it's ability to sell people 5-year-old hardware. I mean 0.3 megapixel cameras? Those things were dreadful even 5 years ago. How much would it have cost them to put in 1 or 2 mp versions? 800x240 and 640x480 resolutions? How meh can you get?
Elledan 16th June 2010, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
I think it has 3 cameras, one in the front and 2 in the back.

That is correct. It has two cameras on the back for 3D photos.
DXR_13KE 16th June 2010, 16:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elledan
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
I think it has 3 cameras, one in the front and 2 in the back.

That is correct. It has two cameras on the back for 3D photos.

The article says it has 2 cameras in total.
Unicorn 16th June 2010, 16:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
I'd like to see it in actual action.

As opposed to fake action, which we all know is rubbish.
Tyrmot 16th June 2010, 16:17 Quote
Any hardware specs released as well?
Nycoy 16th June 2010, 16:18 Quote
I'd be worried about how head movement affects the 3d effect.
Mentai 16th June 2010, 16:59 Quote
http://e3.nintendo.com/3ds/

For more on the games available etc
Madness_3d 16th June 2010, 18:34 Quote
Looks rubbish. Call me when they built an 8800 into it and we'll have talks mkay?
HourBeforeDawn 16th June 2010, 18:40 Quote
wow lol so the man says Lets see how this all works and then shows a video that shows nothing about how it works lol, way to go Nintendo your really hitting the under 12 market hard....
NuTech 16th June 2010, 18:40 Quote
Cannot wait. With all the travelling I do, the DS is currently my most played platform.

TBH, even if they stripped out all the new features, I'd still just be happy with the new analogue stick. Having to 'zig-zag' with the 4-way dpad in 3D games is just soul destroying. It should make dungeon crawlers a lot more fun.

If there is any god, Atlus will release a Persona game for it.

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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
The article says it has 2 cameras in total.
3 actual camera lenses (2 on the back, 1 on the front), but the 2 rear ones act as a single '3D camera'.
Spuzzell 16th June 2010, 19:02 Quote
@ madness

It's the most exciting new product I've seen for years and years. A handheld that can take 3D photgraphs, show proper 3D films and play 3D games. That look amazing. For example: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/viewer.php?mode=article&id=233245

All without stupid glasses or a £1500 new TV.

It's brilliant. I want one. So should you.
Madness_3d 16th June 2010, 20:29 Quote
3D is completely overated, I Don't get why people are so AMAZED by it. Its just a way to sell new products. Does it add to the game experience? no. Did the Wii's motion controls? no. Did the Wii manage to get any serious following? no.

And the problem I have with mobile gaming is they seem to think because its mobile Antialiasing is unnecessary. When its the total opposite! tiny screen stupidly small resolution you NEED antialiasing or it's always going to look awful!

+ Why even BOTHER building a miniscule aperture camera into it? build in a proper sized camera or don't bother. What do they expect you to do with something that can't collect enough light to get a sharp picture?

Oh and they've included an Analogue stick as Sony did years ago. Great

Not brilliant. Behind the times, another mediocre pebble throw from Nintendo. build something with a big battery, a decent graphics chip, a better sized screen, a multitasking- internet capable-multimedia OS. TWO analogue sticks. And then get some developers to actually write Decent games not overpriced casual pieces of tat.
Then people will take it seriously as a Gaming Console, Not a time-wasting Device.
Spuzzell 16th June 2010, 20:51 Quote
@madness

Ooookaaaay. First 3D console, game-changing 3D photography thrown in as a bonus and probably the strongest launch line-up of core gamers games for any new hardware release from any company ever.

And you're vomiting in hatred because of anti-aliasing.

You're basically the mad tramp on the bus that hates everything and always sits next to me. I try to stop him swearing at puppies and nuns by telling him about the great things that they do, but all he does is yell at them for not being made of suede and brie, and then drink more white spirit and **** himself.
eddtox 16th June 2010, 20:58 Quote
@madness, have you seen the OpenPandora? It seems to tick most of your boxes, although I'm not sure what games are available for it and it's not in mass production yet, but getting there.
Madness_3d 16th June 2010, 21:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spuzzell
@madness

Ooookaaaay. First 3D console, game-changing 3D photography thrown in as a bonus and probably the strongest launch line-up of core gamers games for any new hardware release from any company ever.

That's subjective. "Game Changing" I think not, And PC has had 3D for ages while we're at it.
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Originally Posted by Spuzzell
And you're vomiting in hatred because of anti-aliasing.

It's not "Vomiting in hatred" It's just ridiculous they say that this thing has better graphics when a game looks better with less shader effects and more antialiasing. I'ts the reason people like the look of cell shaded games, simple shader effects, lots of antialiasing makes the game look sharp and graphically pleasing. It's not vomiting, its sense.
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Originally Posted by Spuzzell
You're basically the mad tramp on the bus that hates everything and always sits next to me. I try to stop him swearing at puppies and nuns by telling him about the great things that they do, but all he does is yell at them for not being made of suede and brie, and then drink more white spirit and **** himself.

Err... Pardon? I'm giving my opinion. I have a right to do that. In life I take the attitude that if it works for you fine, but I don't like being "told" what to think. And You know what, no I don't want one. If anyone is behaving in a negative way here it's you, who rather than read and listen to my comments has simply said, "yeah I'm going to buy into the Marketing BS that Nintendo are spouting." I Guess you thought the Wii was a "Revolution" and the DS was the best thing ever. Just get it into your head, Other people can disagree with you, it's their oppinion and you can learn alot by Listening to what they have to say. And I'm not being funny, but don't call me a mad tramp, who the hell do you think you are?

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Originally Posted by eddtox
@madness, have you seen the OpenPandora? It seems to tick most of your boxes, although I'm not sure what games are available for it and it's not in mass production yet, but getting there.

No I hadn't, thanks for that, it looks like a pretty awesome piece of kit. Let's hope it doesn't get backed into a corner by the bigger hardware guys.
eddtox 16th June 2010, 22:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Madness_3d
No I hadn't, thanks for that, it looks like a pretty awesome piece of kit. Let's hope it doesn't get backed into a corner by the bigger hardware guys.

I think it's not hardware they need to worry about but software. I haven't done any research, but I imagine that they will struggle to attract well know devs and franchises, unless they shift lots of units. Unfortunately that's a bit of a catch22 as I think many will want to see at least a few interesting titles before buying.
Madness_3d 16th June 2010, 22:44 Quote
Absolutely agree with you there. What I meant was that the big guns would muscle (pay) developers out of producing their game cross platform to include the pandora, which would mean big names may not see their way onto it. But hopefully that will mean there will be some new Big Names!
DXR_13KE 16th June 2010, 22:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
@madness, have you seen the OpenPandora? It seems to tick most of your boxes, although I'm not sure what games are available for it and it's not in mass production yet, but getting there.

It has emulators for almost every system before and including the N64...
eddtox 17th June 2010, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
It has emulators for almost every system before and including the N64...

Yea, but really, I'd like to see some original title of its own. I find emulators can often be a bit disappointing and rarely compare to games which have been designed with a particular platform in mind.
DXR_13KE 17th June 2010, 12:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
Yea, but really, I'd like to see some original title of its own. I find emulators can often be a bit disappointing and rarely compare to games which have been designed with a particular platform in mind.

go here for more information on game launches for the platform:

http://pandorapress.net/
Bauul 17th June 2010, 18:39 Quote
I'm still chuffed I guessed it'd use parallex mapping the moment the mentioned it'd be 3D.

Honestly Maddness this is actually quite impressive tech. No-one has created a functional bit of consumer kit using this tech before, it is actually brand new. Motorola announced a new phone that used it before Nintendo, but I don't think it's anywhere near market yet.

Personally, I think a genuine 3D look to the games will improve the graphics and immersion 10 times than anti-aliasing would. Real depth versus less jaggies? I'd opt for real depth please.

My only hope is they have built enough viewing angles in to make it easy to use. The parallex mapping only works if you look at the screen at just the right distance and angle, so manufacturers create multiple "view spots". If they aren't enough or they aren't close enough together, you only need to move your hands slightly and the image will go out of focus, which is obviously game breaking. We need a proper hands-on to know that though.
NuTech 17th June 2010, 18:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
My only hope is they have built enough viewing angles in to make it easy to use. The parallex mapping only works if you look at the screen at just the right distance and angle, so manufacturers create multiple "view spots". If they aren't enough or they aren't close enough together, you only need to move your hands slightly and the image will go out of focus, which is obviously game breaking. We need a proper hands-on to know that though.
Viewing angels appear to be the only complaint the 3DS is getting from journalists and E3. Aparently it's great if you hold it just right, but any horizontal adjustment throws it off.

Luckily, being a handheld means that getting that sweet spot shouldn't be difficult. All else fails, turn the effect off.
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