Monday, 07 February 2011 11:47

News.com.au reporter 'œmakes dick of himself' testing Nintendo 3DS

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Due to be officially launched in Australia tomorrow night, said to be at a price $100 more than the regular version, Nintendo 3DS will have you seeing deeply into the third dimension.

Although Nintendo's official 3DS launch party to celebrate the release of its highly anticipated 3D-capable portable gaming system is due for tomorrow evening, Nintendo has clearly allowed some news organisations a 'sneak peek' into its latest and greatest.

News.com.au is one such lucky news organisation, with its reporter Andrew Ramadge clearly impressed with the 3DS's capabilities, causing him to elicit a 'wow' as he played with a few 3DS games, including an 'augmented reality' game somewhat unimaginatively titled 'Augmented Reality' that takes real life objects seen through the 3DS's camera and lets you interact with them on the 3DS screen.

Mr Ramadge even admits to having so much fun playing with one aspect of the game that he says 'I made a dick of myself in front of Nintendo's public relations person as I tried to clamber up on the table to look inside', in reference to the augmented reality game mentioned in the previous paragraph.

I'm sure he meant he made himself "look foolish" as he played around, but those are the words he used.

Unlike traditional 3D effects from movies where things 'come out of the screen at you', Nintendo's 3DS uses the 3D effect to give 'depth' to the on-screen scene, so instead of things popping out at you, you can look deep within - the opposite of the usual 3D effect.

The 3DS is supposed to have a slider on its side letting you control the level of 3D effect that you get, going from plain ol' 2D to a deep 3D experience and everywhere in between.

Mr Ramadge also explains that, because of the way Nintendo's 3D works, you might find yourself moving about a lot more as you attempt to peer at things from different angles, which might make playing 3DS games on the train a funny sight to see and harder to do than with non 3D gaming systems.

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In addition, Nintendo's 3DS does not need glasses to deliver the 3D effect - not only does it use a special glasses-free screen, you're also close enough to the screen itself for that glasses-free 3D effect to work properly.

Such glasses-free 3D screens are being made for large screen TVs but currently mean you need to sit in a specific spot, although work is underway to create a true glasses-free 3DTV that lets you sit anywhere while still being able to see the 3D effect, but it will take some years before the technology is widespread, mainstream, fully reliable and inexpensive.

In the meantime, we'll definitely be seeing more small-screen 3D gadgets that use the same type of glasses-free 3D technology that Nintendo is using in the 3DS. Fuji already has 3D camera on the market that can take 3D photos with twin lenses and let you see those 3D photos on the camera's rear screen - without needing 3D glasses.

3D-capable smartphones and tablets are also on the way to market this year, although some of those will need 3D glasses to deliver the 3D effect.

So, the 3D revolution may still be waiting for a ton more content to arrive on the scene, but with 3D gaming having been with us for some years now (even before the rush of 3DTVs in stores last year), and with the new Nintendo 3DS nearly upon us, 3D looks like it's finally here to stay.

As for Nintendo 3DS pricing, all will be confirmed tomorrow, but Mr Ramadge expects the Nintendo 3DS to cost $100 more than the regular Nintendo DS version.

 


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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