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Is the 3DS really capable of 3D video chat?

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

11 comments

  • WillisTron - June 24, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    3D WIENER
  • Zanthis - June 24, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    While that is a fascinating feature, it's use over that of a gimick escapes me.
  • masewindu - June 24, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    The fact that it could already take 3D photos makes 3D dongs inevitable.
  • rybell - June 23, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    you would have to be pretty pathetic to pay a ton of money to see something thats already in 3d and much easier to get a hold of
  • V13Dragongal - June 23, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    I'd like to viedo chat witht he 3DS, but with other girls.
  • Cyberninja - June 23, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    well i bet it will have friend codes in that case
  • purple_omlet - June 23, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    even better, 3D tits!
  • Vitoruss1 - June 23, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Yay, 3D weiners! I'm going to buy one for my girlfriend, too! :D
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 23, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Hee hee.. Wiggle wiggle.. ( slaps self) dammit get yourmind out of the gutter!
  • MrDuracraft - June 23, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    3D wieners... real classy... I think that 3D chat is a possibility, but it seems gimmicky and without a point (seriously, it would lose its appeal in a week). Yes 3D is usually a gimmick, but as GR has said 3D is becoming like HD very fast.
  • Hydrohs - June 23, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    I only thought of 3D wieners because you mentioned it. I blame you. I don't really think this would be a much used feature, should it'd be kind of neat. But this is a gaming machine, not a phone.

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