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When something as special as Nintendo's 3DS comes along, it seems almost wrong to poke about inside it and see what makes it work. But we know how much you want to know about its specs... and as luck would have it, they might just have been leaked. We should point out that Nintendo hasn't confirmed any of this (though they will be revealing more details later this month), but the figures reportedly come from a reliable source. Here they are:
Two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs,
4MBs of dedicated VRAM,
64MBs of RAM,
1.5GBs of flash storage
The biggest surprise here are the inclusion of two CPUs and the size of the on-board flash storage. It makes sense to assume each CPU will be responsible for drawing one side of the 3D graphics. That way, graphical quality won't be compromised by one processor having to draw both angles of the 3D. Makes sense, and we already know it works like a dream.
As for the flash memory, this is up from DSi's 256MB on-board storage, which was fine for a few photos and small games, but did need additional storage almost immediately. Don't worry about filling it up with your installed games, though - there's still going to be an SD memory card slot for your 3DS Ware titles.
There's nothing here that's wildly out of our expectations, so we're going to stick our necks out and say that these are probably definitely quite possibly likely.
What do you make of the specs? Let us know in the comments
22 Sep, 2010
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