Nintendo 3DS

category: general [glöplog]
What are your thoughts on it?
I hope the screen is better than the one on the FUJI W1, which works on a similar way. In terms of HW power it looks like it's based on a nvidia tegra chip.


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added on the 2010-06-16 03:33:18 by xernobyl xernobyl
It does look pretty neat.
added on the 2010-06-16 04:24:11 by sigflup sigflup
dunno...I think people will be surprised with some pretty "low" specs...
I mean really, they just exchanged one screen, added a button, a joystick, a camera, and slightly modified the video encoder to handle the new LCD type.
Other than that, i'm betting it's just a die shrink/clock increase of older hardware.
added on the 2010-06-16 05:15:18 by shuffle2 shuffle2
Screenshots show at least bilenear filtering. You can't do that just by changing the clock speed... well you could have a 2GHz software rendering engine, but that's not very practical.
I would say that most screenshots look better than Wii. Which is nice from them. Maybe they've stoped using the cheapest hardware they could find.
added on the 2010-06-16 05:27:24 by xernobyl xernobyl
I wonder how cameras will take to it for it being projected on big screens
added on the 2010-06-16 05:56:07 by sigflup sigflup
added on the 2010-06-16 06:05:57 by xernobyl xernobyl
think about how it works: it's simply two images interleaved every pixel in on the x axis. The screen is designed such that it blocks each eye from seeing one of the available images.
ie outputting the video without conversion to any other screen will just yield a stupid-looking interleaved image.

p.s. i forgot to add it also apparently has some type of accelerometer ;p
added on the 2010-06-16 06:09:55 by shuffle2 shuffle2
well the graphics are as good as wii or even better
check this
added on the 2010-06-16 06:19:22 by panic panic
I think you should choose effects over 3DS.
added on the 2010-06-16 07:23:58 by andr00 andr00
Really looking forward to testing one of these.
added on the 2010-06-16 10:22:13 by paniq paniq
choose zero polys and shaders!
added on the 2010-06-16 10:54:17 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Looks like fun, but it'll be down to how well the screen works I reckon.

Also, gotta love the insults from that icarus character. "You fart like a dog!"
added on the 2010-06-16 11:26:40 by psonice psonice
possibly just half the framerate of a normal DS.. like mastersystem 3d in the days
added on the 2010-06-16 11:44:26 by the_Ye-Ti the_Ye-Ti
fuck that, buy a joojoo https://thejoojoo.com/
added on the 2010-06-16 11:56:47 by zeroshift zeroshift
It's very clearly totally new hardware inside the case - worst case it's perhaps the same CPU but with a new GPU added (might make sense for backwards compatibility, but it's more likely a faster CPU too). Half framerate DS graphics would suck balls ;)
added on the 2010-06-16 11:57:48 by psonice psonice
An educated guest would point to a 600MHz dual-core ARM11.

There are some kinks that still need to be worked out for the upcoming, glasses-free 3D gaming device. The window in which 3D looks 3D on that screen and doesn't appear fuzzy or make you feel cross-eyed, is extremely narrow.

Hold the device too close, too far, tilt it too much in either direction and the magic is gone.


It was a bit further away from my face then it typically would be when playing. The impact was horrendous. It felt like I had gone permanently cross eyed. It made my stomach flop slightly and my eyes quickly tried to correct what they were seeing. I used the slider on the face of the 3DS to turn the 3D down but it didn't help. They I tried moving the 3DS slightly closer and suddenly the game's images synched and the world was amazingly deep.

I tried putting the screen even closer to my face, moving it way too close and the image went double again. Tilting the 3DS or moving it to either side made the image fuzzy.

There is, I learned, a 3D sweet-spot for the 3DS, a bubble in which the image is perfect and deep. Outside the bubble things go wrong.

I would say that those descriptions are quite on par with what I felt :D
added on the 2010-06-16 13:33:23 by xernobyl xernobyl
stephen colberts 3D effect is still the best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fzrW5bqjz0
added on the 2010-06-16 13:40:30 by schema schema
This does sound interesting, but being the first 3D thing after Virtual Boy, which was not really successful, I think it would be very limited, like pointed out above. They will probably perfect it in later version. But curious to try out, of course!
The 3D thing can be corrected though if optionally you could use glasses!
It cannot be corrected. What you correct with the slider is the separation between the 2 game cameras I think. Not the device phisically.
added on the 2010-06-16 14:12:54 by xernobyl xernobyl
It's great - it'll make the original DS much cheaper!
added on the 2010-06-16 14:17:13 by Gargaj Gargaj
Sounds like the the old 'rippled glass screen' thing where each column of pixels has the glass angled towards your left or right eye. There used to be a ton of 3d or animated stickers like that back in the 80s. If it's high enough res, it could be cool... but yeah, it'll only work head-on and only from a certain distance. You can probably forget the good old days of watching over somebody's shoulder while they play ;)

I think there are technologies that can 'fix' this, like microlenses and such. I doubt they're anywhere near practical or affordable though.
added on the 2010-06-16 14:27:59 by psonice psonice
my favorite 3D technology is the .GIF

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