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Why We May Never See A 3DS XL

By Kris on May 28 2012 09:23 AM
Many ideas have been mooted around the Internet about Nintendo possibly revamping or redesigning the 3DS. And whilst I, for one, would appreciate a new 3DS that sports smoother corners and a second circle pad, I find it highly unlikely that a 3DS XL would appear without some sort of rethink of the 3DS technology.

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The wonderful thing about the 3DS, is the glasses-free 3D technology. The bad thing about the 3DS, is...the glasses-free 3D technology. Let me explain.

The 3DS' 3D technology is totally reliant upon two stacked Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panels. Each panel features a resolution of 800x240 pixels. The panels are separated by a very small distance, nearly laying them right on top of one another. Specifically, the autostereoscopy technology is used to create the illusion of 3D, without requiring any special headgear or glasses. Basically, the screen shows two images at once. Having another screen, known as the the parallax barrier, directly over-top of it forces each eye to see one screen (or image).

Each image, while identical, gives a different perspective of the same image. In reality, each eye sees a slightly different perspective of the same object. This, in its most simplistic form, is what provides the 3D effect. The closer an object is to us, the more significant the perspective. The opposite is true for objects further away from our eyes. It all boils down to forcing each eye to see one of the perspectives of the object being presented on the screen. The entire setup of this screen relies on the fact that our eyes are a pretty standard distance apart, no matter who we are, and we will have to find that "sweet spot" in order to fully experience the 3D effects. Twisting or turning the display ruins the effect.

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Imagine upscaling this screen, say, doubling it. The coloured pixels increase to twice the size, and the spacing between the two panels increases as well. This forces the viewer to move their eyes further away from the system to see the same effect. Doing so would mean the 3D effect would be visible from much further away, creating an uncomfortable viewing experience.

One way Nintendo could develop a 3DS XL, would be to redesign the screen. Quadrupling the number of pixels and doubling the physical size, and increasing the pixel and line density would keep the screen distance consistent. Each 3DS pixel would probably have to be mapped to four of the larger pixels, perhaps leaving space for future games to have a higher resolution display.
Finally, Nintendo seem to make a big thing about the DSi XL being a multi-user device. Many of the photos and advertisements show a couple of people "sharing the experience." Surely on a 3D device using a parallax screen such as the 3DS, this would no longer work as two heads could not occupy the sweet spot for the 3D to work?

Of course, when Nintendo release the 3DS XL, feel free to throw fruit at me!

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Personally, I think we'll see some type of enhanced version of the current 3DS. Comparing the 3DS to the previous generations of Nintendo handheld gaming consoles, the proof is simply in the pudding. Every generation of portable Nintendo devices has seen multiple revisions. I'd be willing to bet that we'll see a revision to the current model 3DS no later than mid-2013, if not sooner. And, with that revision, I'll go ahead and say that a secondary circle pad will be incorporated. Hell, they're most likely already developing the next model 3DS.
I have a DSi XL that I use mainly because of my poor eyesite and for drawing with Art Academy. But I wouldn't want a 3DS XL simply because I carry mine wherever I go. If it were any bigger, I wouldn't take it out with me. Meaning, no Street Passes, and no play coins.

View PostVicki, on 29 May 2012 - 01:25 AM, said:

I have a DSi XL that I use mainly because of my poor eyesite and for drawing with Art Academy. But I wouldn't want a 3DS XL simply because I carry mine wherever I go. If it were any bigger, I wouldn't take it out with me. Meaning, no Street Passes, and no play coins.

I agree. Any larger and I wouldn't be able to keep it in my pocket for Street Passes, which I find to be one of the more attractive features of the 3DS.

View PostVicki, on 29 May 2012 - 01:25 AM, said:

If it were any bigger, I wouldn't take it out with me. Meaning, no Street Passes, and no play coins.

View PostDarthArk, on 31 May 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:

I agree. Any larger and I wouldn't be able to keep it in my pocket for Street Passes, which I find to be one of the more attractive features of the 3DS.

Haven't you guys ever heard of using a backpack or some other type of bag? :rolleyes:

But no, seriously, I used to carry mine in my pocket until it fell out and smacked against the pavement. Now, I use a backpack.

View PostKevin, on 31 May 2012 - 01:35 PM, said:

Haven't you guys ever heard of using a backpack or some other type of bag? :rolleyes:
It's obvious you're not a woman. We carry around enough crud already. <_<
I actually bought two handbags specifically for carrying around my 3DS. Even If I'm just walking down the road to the post box I take my 3DS. I still wouldn't want to add more volume to what I carry.

View PostVicki, on 02 June 2012 - 03:17 PM, said:

It's obvious you're not a woman. We carry around enough crud already. <_<
I actually bought two handbags specifically for carrying around my 3DS. Even If I'm just walking down the road to the post box I take my 3DS. I still wouldn't want to add more volume to what I carry.

Then if when the new model 3DS comes out, you'll be able to stow it away without having to worry about not having enough room. Besides, I once knew a women who had a handbag that she could use to move her whole house into, if needed. It's true, women's handbags can store everything they need!
Keep the size but with some simple redesign of the current space, they cold easily fit a second circle pad. Vita who...???
I honestly like the design and size. Anything more would be too massive to be really "portable" in my opinion. There are still rumors of this being a possibility but I always link to this post because based on the info it seems less than likely! :-)
Yeah, the screen can't be bigger due to the 3D sweet spot.
Speaking of the possibilities of seeing a larger modeled 3DS, Hideki Konno loves the bigger screen of the DSi XL/ DSi LL. Hideki Konno is a hardware/ software developer for Nintendo. Did I mention he loves bigger things? It's only a matter of time, folks.
I would love to see a new 3ds model of some sort but it really does seem unlikely

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 01:25 PM, said:

I would love to see a new 3ds model of some sort but it really does seem unlikely

This might just be true. If so, it'll be the first time in history that Nintendo didn't design a new mode; for one of their hardware products. In a recent interview, with IGN, Shigeru Miyamoto said the following when asked about the possibility of a "3DS XL.":

Shigeru Miyamoto, via recent IGN interview said:

I really feel like I'm satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it's the best for this generation. What we're thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.

While this doesn't rule out the possibility, it seems as though Nintendo is indeed focused on their next portable device.
Awesome! I like the 3ds as it is too.. I can only imagine what they are brainstorming though I mean look at the wii u...

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 04:40 PM, said:

I can only imagine what they are brainstorming though I mean look at the wii u...

I'll bet that they've their R&D (Research & Development) department has been been brainstorming this for a lot longer than the think.
Yea but true development also depends on how well the new console does, what ppl found its flaws were, and neat ways to out do the competetors..

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 04:52 PM, said:

Yea but true development also depends on how well the new console does, what ppl found its flaws were, and neat ways to out do the competetors..

Good point. I'd be willing to bet then, that R&D kept a watchful eye on the Vita during its entire development cycle. I wonder if there's any Nintendo fans working at Sony R&D. :lol:
Hhmm that would be interesting.. lol spies

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 05:23 PM, said:

Hhmm that would be interesting.. lol spies

Could this be the secret as to why Nintendo is always bring the innovativeness to the table? :hmm:
I think that sometimes.. they seen to lead the gaming world.. like it seemed that PlayStation copied the wifi but just put a ball on the end lol

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 05:40 PM, said:

I think that sometimes..

FACT: They always do. Love them or hate them, it's true!
I don't hate em for it I actually don't blame them..

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 05:52 PM, said:

I don't hate em for it I actually don't blame them..

What I mean, is that Sony and Microsoft fans alike are even unable to deny this.
That's funny! Well at least they admit it! And why not if u can Ger away with it? Maybe they r learning something new?
Just going to say, that I'd rather not have any redesigns at all really.  Minor ones, sure.  Something like the DSi equivalent for 3ds (3dsi...? hell of a name haha) that out-dates my console right away would not be preferred.

View PostSkitty843, on 13 June 2012 - 05:57 PM, said:

That's funny! Well at least they admit it! And why not if u can Ger away with it? Maybe they r learning something new?

Yes. And, those who won't admit it, are just lying to themselves. Heck, I even see qualities in the Xbox 360 that Nintendo does not offer, and probably never will. It makes sense though. It's not a bad thing. Different companies have different ideas and plans. I admire and respect that. As long as Sony doesn't clone another Nintendo game, I still admire what they bring to the table as far as new ideas and plans are concerned.

View PostDoom36@NN, on 13 June 2012 - 05:58 PM, said:

Just going to say, that I'd rather not have any redesigns at all really.  Minor ones, sure.

Would you not embrace a newly designed 3DS that has a second analog pad?