The Nintendo 3DS is an upcoming portable game console by Nintendo, which will be released in Japan on February 26, 2011. The Nintendo 3DS can produce 3D effects without the need for any special glasses via a process called autostereoscopy. The 3DS is the successor of the Nintendo DS series. The Nintendo 3DS will feature backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, including Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL. Announcing the device on March 23, 2010, Nintendo officially unveiled the device at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 15, with the company inviting attendees to play with the console.
The Nintendo 3DS is based on a custom Pica200 graphics processor. It has two screens; the top screen is a 3.53 in 5:3 3D screen with a resolution of 800×240 pixels (400×240 pixels per eye, WQVGA) that is able to produce an autostereoscopic three-dimensional effect (one without 3D glasses), while the bottom screen is a 3.02 in 4:3 non-3D touch panel with a resolution of 320×240 pixels (QVGA). The 3DS weighs approximately 230 grams and, when closed, is 134 mm wide, 74 mm broad, and 21 mm thick.
The system features several additions to the design of the original DS, including a slider on the side of the device that adjusts the intensity of the 3D effect, a round nub analog input called the “Slide Pad”, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope. In addition, there is an infra-red communicator port situated on the top of the unit. There is also a feature called street pass where if you walk past a person with a 3DS you share information. In Street Fighter IV 3D edition for 3DS if you pass someone with the same software you have a battle to collect trophies from the other player. The feature spot pass is when you put your 3DS to sleep mode, it will look for wireless hot spots. Multitasking is also one of the features that is implemented in this new device.
Overall, news about this device has been received well, and a lot of people are very looking forward to see how the glasses free 3D technology will work. Obviously we will have to just wait and see.