Nintendo reveals 3DS specs

Written by Joe Martin

June 16, 2010 // 10:24 a.m.

Tags: #3d #3d-ds #3ds #e3-2010 #nintendo #nintendo-reveals-3ds-specs #trailer

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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