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Iwata Discusses 3DS Specs

Discussion in 'DS/3DS' started by Qaiz, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. Qaiz

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    Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata shared a few bits and pieces on the 3DS hardware during a Q&A session with investors following Wednesday's Nintendo Conference 2010 press briefing.

    On the topic of internal storage, Iwata said that the system does have internal NAND flash memory, but this will be used mainly for system purposes.

    For download purposes, Nintendo is including a 2 gigabyte SD card with every system. Once stored on SD, games boot directly from the memory card, rather than first loading up into an internal storage place as is the case for the Wii.

    Nintendo feels that customers have varying needs when it comes to memory, as some will not expand the system at all while others will download a variety of games to their system. Those who run out of space on the standard two gigabyte card will be able to switch to a larger one.

    On the topic of battery life, Iwata did not share figures, but did say they expect the 3DS to be charged more frequently than the current DS systems. This is why they're including the cradle with the system, as it will make owners think that they should put the system in the cradle when they return home.

    Regarding hardware specs in general, Iwata said that the number one reason the system's specs are so high is because Nintendo wanted to make sure that software developers did not think "Because of the specs, we can't make our game on the Nintendo machine."

    The more powerful hardware was also required due to the need for a certain amount of ability for outputting the system's 3D visuals.

    Outside of visuals, Nintendo felt that the current DS's lack of power was getting in the way of fully exploiting some of the system's features. For example, Nintendo's developers felt such things as "Tag Mode is interesting, but with the DS, this is the limit." Nintendo also wanted to allow people to temporarily pause DS games so that they could access other areas of the system, but this proved too difficult with the DS's specs. The 3DS, of course, allows this. By pressing the HOME button, users can access various system features, including the internet browser.

    Finally, more powerful hardware was needed for using Augmented Reality technology with the system's 3D display. Nintendo seems to be pushing the AR component, going so far as to build an "AR Games" program into the system.
     
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    They will add 2GB MC to the package. Cool. And I like that it is possible to pause the game and surf the menu when game is on.
     
  3. Qaiz

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    yh, if you get stuck on a game you could just open up the browser and look at hints and tips and then continue your game
     
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    That will be good as I was soo sick of on the Wii getting stuck, having to save then go to the menu to get to the browser. Now I will just be able to search easily if I get seriously stuck yay :)
     
  5. Qaiz

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    Yup, it definitely sounds awesome

    Must have some decent ram to do that aswell
     
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    i still want to find out about online i hope we don't need friend codes
     
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    No friend codes if I'm correct
     
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    ^Hopefully...... Anyways, I wonder if the 3DS will support SDXC cards, flash, and if the battery life will be similar to that of the original Nintendo DS?
     
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    I wrote in the article about the battery life
    It will be similar to a phone battery I suppose. Nintendo have an image in there mind that it will be used out and about and when you get home you put it on the dock, thats why a dock is included with the device.
     
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    It's somewhat disappointing the 3DS will have virtually no flash memory and alot of things will have to go onto an SD Card. Also worrying to hear Nintendo actually say the 3DS needs to be charged more.
     
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    Well, at least they even have a SD card packed in w/ the system and there's an SD card slot. I don't think the battery will be as bad as a phone's, but it will probably be the lowest battery life of all handhelds. They included the charging cradle for a reason.
     
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    Err yeah? The cradle is included with the device because the battery will need charging frequently and the cradle will entice the 3DS owner to charge the 3DS more often.
     
  13. Feld0

    Feld0 Former 3DS Buzz Admin

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    At E3, they said that the 3DS's battery life would be comparable to the DSi's. Note that the 3DS weighs a nice bit more than the DSi does (about 16 grams more). It's quite possible that the extra weight is due to a larger battery, which would be necessary to support the same battery life with more wireless activity.

    I think that the whole point of the cradle is just to ensure that the battery never dies on you while you're out and about. I once thought my DSi could go for one more day without a charge and then BAM! I got the blinking red light of death only about halfway through my day. Sucked, too, 'cause I was somewhere where I literally had absolutely nothing to do for two hours.
     
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    Yeah, when you get the 3DS turn the brightness down and the battery life will probably significantly improve.
     
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    Yes but this device has wireless connection on even while it sleeps and its more online centric. Its going to played a lot more then the DSi, has more powerful and battery eating hardware, used for Movies and Music a lot more by the look of it, more online usability plus StreetPass equals one titled battery.
     
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    ^This is why I think the 3DS will have as low a battery life as the DS phat.
     
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    Hmm, the "blinking red light of death", that's what I'll be calling it from now on. . . . XD The 3DS seems to have a significant battery life, enough so you could watch a few movies on it and make some progress on a game if you were bored on a long plane flight! The specs look pretty good so far!
     
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    We still don't know much, so don't expect everything to be as good as it seems. (Sorry to be pessimistic)