Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game console presented by Nintendo. It is able of displaying stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. Nintendo announced the Nintendo 3DS - Game Console in March 2010 and officially unveiled it at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010 (E3 2010) on June 15. 

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The Nintendo 3DS - Game Console succeeds the Nintendo DS, featuring backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS video games. Its primary competitor was the PlayStation Vita from Sony.

The handheld game console offers latest features like StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes, AR (Augmented Reality), using its 3D cameras, and VC (Virtual Console), which give permission to users to download and play games originally released on an older video game console. Nintendo 3DS - Game Console is also pre-loaded with sundry applications including these: an online store called Nintendo eShop, an Internet Browser, the Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube streaming video services, Nintendo Video, Nintendo Letter Box, and Mii Maker.

Nintendo 3DS - Game Console
Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

Nintendo 3DS - Game Console Hardware

The Nintendo 3DS has custom components co-developed by the Nintendo Research & Engineering department and other manufacturers, all combined into a unified system on a chip.

Processor of the Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

Its main CPU is a dual-core ARM11 MPCore-based processor manufactured at 45 nm and clocked at 266 MHz. One processor core is dedicated to games and applications, while the other core is used to the operating system, enabling multitasking and background tasks. These tasks are handled seamlessly in the background during gameplay or while the system is in the sleep mode.  

Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) of the Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The graphics processor (GPU) is a PICA200 developed by Digital Media Professionals, running at 133 MHz.

Random Access Memory (RAM) of the Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The system contains 128 MB of random-access memory (RAM) consisting of 128 MB of FCRAM developed by Fujitsu, with a peak bandwidth of 3.2 GB/s.

Display of the Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The Nintendo 3DS - Game Console contains two separate screens. The top screen is a 15:9 (5:3) autostereoscopic LCD with a resolution of 800×240 pixels (effectively 400×240 pixels per eye, or WQVGA). It is autostereoscopic; it uses a parallax barrier to produce a three-dimensional effect without requiring special glasses. There is a 3D Depth Slider next to the screen for adjusting the 3D effect or turning it off altogether. The bottom screen is a 4:3 resistive touchscreen with a display resolution of 320×240 pixels (QVGA). On the original Nintendo 3DS, the screen measures 77 mm (3.02 in), while on the 3DS XL it measures 106 mm (4.18 in).

Cameras of the Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The system features three camera sensors: two cameras on the outside of the device, capable of taking 3D photos and capturing 3D video; and one camera facing the user positioned above the top screen. All camera sensors have a maximum resolution of 640×480 pixels (0.3 megapixels, VGA) with one-point focus and can only achieve digital zoom. There is also a microphone in the bottom of the system.

Flash Memory of Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The Nintendo 3DS - Game Console includes 2 GB of eMMC flash memory manufactured by either Toshiba or Samsung. The system's memory can be expanded via an SD memory card slot, which supports SD and SDHC memory cards.

Wireless Connectivity of Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The system uses 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g wireless network connectivity with enhanced WPA2 security. There is also an infrared port on the back of the console, which allows the system to connect with certain peripherals such as the Circle Pad Pro and the amiibo reader/writer.

Battery of Nintendo 3DS - Game Console

The Nintendo 3DS - Game Console comes with a 3.7 V 1300 mAh 5 Wh lithium-ion battery. Its longevity fluctuates between 3 and 5 hours while playing Nintendo 3DS games and between 5 and 8 hours while playing Nintendo DS games, depending on brightness, volume and wireless settings. 
Nintendo 3DS - Game Console Nintendo 3DS - Game Console Reviewed by Redbuddy on June 16, 2019 Rating: 5

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