Nintendo, a multinational corporation has released the specs for the 3DS which will be powered twin ARM11 CPUs, one 133MHz graphics processor, 64MB of RAM and 4MB of video RAM. An event is going to taken place on 29th September, 2010 in which more technical details and a release schedule for their highly anticipated 3DS portable gaming system revealed but it seems that they might not have much left to reveal.
Nintendo 3DS System comes with 3.02-inch bottom screen with a 320×240 pixel resolution, a small bump over the DS’s 256×192 resolution. The larger (3.53-inch) top screen has an 800×240 resolution, though it’s really two 400×240 images superimposed over one another for the 3D effect. The ARM11 processors have been around in multiple flavors for years–the original ARM1136 version launched back in 2002. One will find the ARM11 family in all sorts of mainstream devices, from the Amazon Kindle to Apple’s iPhone 2G and 3G to dozens of HTC and Nokia phones.
According to Gamesindustry.biz, the system will run two ARM11 CPUs, a 133 MHz GPU, 4MB of VRAM, 64MB of RAM and a whopping 1.5GB of flash storage (a massive leap over the DSi’s 256MB). Moreover, reports are likening the 3DS’s PICA200 GPU to a lower resolution PS3 or Xbox 360 instead of Wii, as previously reported. Nintendo has remained rather hush-hush as for playing 3D movies. The flicks will be distributed via SD cards similar to the way Sony offered movies for the PSP via UMD disks. It may also cause serious issues with piracy. Nintendo plans to launch a video download service on its Wi-Fi network similar to services offered by iTunes and the PlayStation Network.
DMP claims the PICA200 Lite can do 12.7M polygons per second and 166M pixels per second (the PICA200 does 15.3M and 800M respectively) at 166MHz. By comparison, the PS3’s GPU can (theoretically) do 1.6B polygons per second and 4.4 Giga pixels per second. The DS Lite and DS had just 256KB. The DSi has 256MB. The PSP has none. The 3DS has 1.5GB, and if that’s not enough, user can always add a card.
Specifications of Nintendo 3DS System:
- Size (when closed): Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
- Weight: Approximately 8 ounces.
- Look: Final design is TBA.
- Game Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
- Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320 x 240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
- Pre-Installed Software: TBA
- Battery: Lithium ion battery detail TBA.
- Languages: TBA
- Wireless Communication: These systems can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. It can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2) and also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. The hardware of Nintendo 3DS is designed with the intention that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
- Top Screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800 x 240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
- Colors: Blue and Red
- Other Input Controls: To adjust level of 3D effect, 3D Depth Slider is attached, Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is about 4 inches when fully extended.
- Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
- Nintendo 3DS Game Card: 2 GB Max. At launch.
- Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
- Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640 x 480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
- Parental controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
Video of Nintendo 3DS Specs Revealed Plus Screenshots from YouTube: