Nintendo’s Handheld 3DS Gets Two Processors
Even without knowing if the Nintendo 3DS will be released in 2010, there’s still plenty of reasons to be excited about it.
For one thing, it’s estimated that it will carry the kind of graphics power of current generation Xbox360’s, which given its smaller screen, guarantees great performance, especially for a handheld. Its GPU is called the Pica 200, and clocks in at 200MHz.
Then there’s also the fact that it is a 3D enabled handheld, enabling 3D viewing without special glasses – which is a very cool thing in itself. It will also have a lot more storage than its predecessor, the DSi, which came with only 256MBs to the 3DS’s 1.5GBs of flash, that can be expanded with SD cards.
The 3DS will be driven by two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, which are better known for having powered Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch before they were switched to their new A4 processor, and currently can be found inside the Zune HD. The device will also have 4MBs of dedicated VRAM and 64MBs of RAM.