In this video, we unbox the new Nintendo 3DS glasses-free 3D handheld gaming console, which was just released on March 27 in the US. Yes, we know, we’re a smartphone/tablet-centric website, but the 3DS gives us an opportunity to get a sneak peek into the very near future of glasses-free 3D gaming on a mobile display. Sprint will be releasing the HTC EVO 3D this summer and AT&T will be unleashing the LG Thrill 4G (Optimus 3D) in the “coming months.” At least one of those devices (maybe both) houses a display made by Sharp, the manufacturer responsible for the 3D screen on the Nintendo 3DS. Naturally, Sharp’s Galapagos 3D phone uses their in-house technology as well.
We’ve been saying from the very beginning that 3D will be huge on smartphones, especially in the gaming department. Now that speculation has turned to reality with multiple 3D phones coming soon, it’s time to take the previously dubbed “gimmick” seriously. The 3DS gives us an opportunity to see how well 3D gaming performs on a small mobile display. It also affords us the chance to see if consumers actually dig the extra dimension, even with the limitation of poor viewing angles, after an extended period of time.
In the unboxing video below, we simply show you the goods inside the box, which includes a sweet charging dock, and then take you on a tour of the hardware. In a followup video, we’ll talk about our lengthy experiences with a few 3D games and how we think it will translate to the smartphone world. First impressions… glasses-free 3D has the ability to enhance a game dramatically with extra depth, and in turn, raising the level of enjoyment for the user.
Also check out our video demo of the 3DS Augmented Reality Cards in action.
Note: With dual-core processors already alive and kicking in many Android smartphones, gaming should make a huge leap on the platform this year.