Forbes.com recently posted a story (written by GamesRadar alum Oliver Chiang) on the future of the 3DS, which quotes Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata as saying that 3D video chat is technologically possible with the 3DS. While his comments in no way confirm that Nintendo is planning such a feature, he wouldn't have mentioned it if he wasn't actively thinking about the possibility.
But how would it work with the current model of the 3DS recently shown at E3? The 3D dual lens camera faces away from the player (we saw a tech demo that used the 3D camera to take a picture of a nearby object and encorporate it into a shooting minigame), and the camera that faces in is just a regular camera. So it doesn't seem like the current 3D model is capable of 3D chat as Iwata says, which could indicate that it's probably only a recent idea for Nintendo, and the 3DS we saw at E3 is in no way a final design (remember how much the original DS changed?).
Given Nintendo's history shying away from anything that could remotely jeopardize the family friendly gaming experience, it seems unlikely that a feature with such obviously naughty potential would be green lit so easily.
What do you think? How likely do you think a 3D video chat feature for the 3DS really is? And is that what Nintendo should really be focusing on? Or will it just lead to too many silly camera minigames? How many guys just want to see their own wieners in 3D?
Jun 23, 2010