By Ryan Krause –
New, revolutionary 3D technology will display the three-dimensional effects without the aid of 3D glasses. Although 3D has been a hit with some, not everyone thinks its a good thing.
Called 3DS – for three dimensional properties (screen), Nintendo is in the process of finishing up their brand new Nintendo DS system, planned for release on March 27, 2011.
But Nintendo has issued a warning that the new device should not be used by children under 6 while in 3D mode.
The company posted a notice to its website, warning that the device could cause children “under the age of six” to experience “a potential impact on the growth” on their eyes.
Despite the potential health risks, Nintendo has been working with their dual screen hand-held console series for a while now.
First the DS, then the DS lite, the DSi, DSi XL and now the 3DS.
But not everyone is ready to run out and get it.
Jerome Lynch who is a senior at Penn Manor said, “3D has potential for exciting future technologies, but for now it is simply a gimmick.”
The 3DS will not only feature a 3D screen though.
It will contain:
-A 3D camera
-An Internet browser
-An analog stick, along with the regular “D-Pad”
-A motion sensor
-A gyro sensor
-Memory card support
Along with many other positive features, there is still the eye damage issue.
“I would definitely not get it for my child if I had one. Why not get a regular DS instead?” said Penn Manor senior, Steve Eckles.
“I wouldn’t care, I am not under 6 years old so I just don’t care,” Said Lynch.
But Nintendo wouldn’t be this successful if they didn’t plan ahead.
Nintendo designed a way for their customers can turn off the 3D effects via “3D Slider.” They expected the “hardcore gamers” to not enjoy certain titles in 3D, for example Street Fighter.
Some people aren’t too keen on 3D technology.
Joe Gordon, a Penn Manor senior, said, “No, when it comes to 3D I would not click ‘like’ on Facebook.”
Sony is working on their own project, the Sony NGP (Next Gen Portable), which is the next version of their PSP (PlayStation Portable).
“I always buy PlayStation.” Said Penn Manor senior Trevor Troup, “I’ve always been loyal to the Sony brand.”
The Nintendo 3DS is going to retail for $249.99 in the USA, while the Sony NGP is expected to retail for $299.99.
Sony’s first generation PSP retailed for $199.99 on its initial release.
GameStop has their own deal for the 3DS.
If one was to trade in their Nintendo DSi XL, they can get the 3DS for $149.99, the DSi can get you the 3DS for $174.99 and the DS Lite for $199.99.
But the deal only lasts until February 20th and is only toward store credit on a reservation of the 3DS.
Lynch is prepared to spend that amount, “I was willing to to get the PSP when it released, it’s worth it.”
The Sony NGP is Sony’s step into developing touchscreen systems. The original Nintendo DS was one of the first to introduce the complexities of a touchscreen into a major game system.
But questions still remain, will the 3DS’ three-dimensional properties keep it ahead of others?
Will the possibility of eye damage for children under 6 years old make the system lose sales?