updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue March 23, 2010
Leaks already detailing Nintendo 3DS features
Nintendo's just-confirmed 3DS may have already had some of its technology exposed courtesy of a pair of Japanese press leaks. The most telling rumor claimed on Tuesday that it would use a '3D control stick' instead of or in addition to the usual directional pad. The Nikkei BP notes that vibration would also join the mix with the entire device rumbling in reaction to game events.
Details of the displays may have surfaced at the same time. The same newspaper claims that the dual screens will be large, but smaller than the 4.2 inches of the DSi XL. Rival publication Asahi Shimbun believes the 3DS will use a technology from Sharp to produce 3D visuals. A film on the LCD screen will create the stereoscopic effect needed to portray 3D without needing glasses.
The technique is already in limited use and would be suited to Nintendo's handheld, whose screen is small enough to use the current version of the technology, according to the tips.
More details, and likely a prototype, should be made public at E3 in three months' time. Nintendo has only promised a launch before the end of March 2011, but its historical release schedule for DS systems has seen it launch systems in at least Japan late into the year and then release an American version early the following year. [via Engadget]