Nintendo 3DS: Graphics on par with PS3, Xbox 360?

By Posted 7 Jun 2010, 10:28

Some interesting news to report now, as it has been revealed that the graphics engine for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld will feature similar visuals currently seen in the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles.

According to this report from VG247, an article over at IGN reveals some off the record discussions with a few developers for the upcoming console, and they have claimed that the graphics on the 3DS will ‘far exceed’ those seen on the Nintendo Wii.

Here is a portion from IGN’s article: “Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”

While the 3DS will obviously be a huge step up from the Nintendo DS, I can’t see this touching the PS3 and Xbox 360. Almost the same graphics as MGS4, FFXIII or Alan Wake? – I doubt it.

Give us your reaction to this. Could the Nintendo 3DS really surprise us all? I guess E3 will have the answers to everything.

  • Scott Carmichael

    I think what they mean to say is that the system will run at a lower-resolution (probably 480×270 or something) but will be able to create graphics that LOOK similar to what you'd see on a 360 or PS3 title…and that may very well be possible.

    You gotta remember that by not aiming for 720p visuals (1280×720 – ~920k pixels of data) and aiming for a significantly lower resolution display (480×270 – $130k pixels of data) you would technically only need a CPU/GPU that was about 15%-20% as fast as the consoles.

    So yeah, I think it is entirely possible. Even if they had a 16:9 screen that ran at 480p the 3DS would only be drawing ~400k pixels each frame so the processors inside would have to run at 40-50% of what a 360/PS3 does.

    For all we know, Nintendo may be investing heavily in this so that it doesn't have to rush a Wii 2 into the market in the next year or two (before the PS4/NextBox).

  • josephin

    i think Nintendo 3ds should change the name to something else

    and also have a very very very very high quality graphics and visual look and design.

    they should make the screens up to 3 screens

    and 2 analog sticks

    • josephin's brother

      3 screens, really?

  • Lorence

    Josephin you are pretty dumb, no offense…. 3 screens…..are you being serious?

  • ya thats just stupid…3 screens?

  • nathankco

    I support you for the two analog stick, with them, I don’t see any reason not to get 3DS.

  • josephins mind

    i think the 3ds should fly and kill hitlers and stuff.

  • josephins nan

    do you mean the amount of layered screens on the top half of the ds.currenty there 2 screens i think that are producing the 3d affect :P

  • wiiboy101

    X360/PS3 = AVERAGE 42 INCH SCREEN AND 720P TO 1080P RESOLUTION

    3DS = 3.5 INCH SCREEN AND 800X240P MAX RESOLUTION SO “SCALE WISE 3DS CLEARLY HAS PS3/X360 LIKE VISUAL POWER+3D

    commonsense at 3.5 inch 800x240p the power to screen ratio is a huge difference the ps3/x360 like graphics is REAL and res-evil revolations etc prove it and now news of a max 8GB CART/CARD i think its clear its a kickass little system

    high voltage call 3DS a wii plus at 3.5 inch thats easy ps3 -ish

    it dont take no genius to work out this basic power vs scale SAD LITTLE PS3 FANS and there 3DS is no way ps3 power WITCH WAS NEVER SAID BY ANYONE other than IGN who miss qouted the devs

    ps3 like graphics is what DEVS SAID

    Not ps3 power THERES A DIFFERENCE