Rumour: Nintendo 3DS to get built-in 3D camera?
It turns out that the Nintendo 3DS’s cameras might be able to capture images in 3D, thanks to an announcement from Sharp regarding its own 3D camera module designed specially for use on phones, digital cameras and netbooks.
It is already known by many that Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS will being the luxury of 3D images to the handheld console without the hassle of having to don those cumbersome 3D glasses. But it seems that the yet-to-be-released handheld console may have an additional trick up its sleeve: a 3D capable camera.
According to Gizmodo, Sharp had just recently announced the existence of a new mobile camera module which can capture not only images but videos in 3D as well, although the real draw of it is is something more impressive. Unlike most mobile camera modules, Sharp’s offering boasts a capability of capturing 3D video at a respectable 720p, which, in Gizmodo’s words, is a world’s first for the industry.
So what does that have to do with the Nintendo 3DS? Apparently, Nintendo is very keen on selling the purported 3D capabilities of the 3DS, and has already commissioned Sharp’s glassless 3D-parallax screens for use as the displays in its upcoming handheld console. It is speculated that Nintendo might want to further the deal to include the 3D mobile camera module in the console so that it can deliver on a fully complete 3D experience with the 3DS.
Of course, this is speculation at its best, and naturally, there has been little to no official mention from either Sharp or Nintendo about the availability of the 3D camera module on the Nintendo 3DS. However, it has also got us interested enough to keep a lookout on any 3DS developments, so stay tuned for more updates on this issue coming your way.