Rumor: Leaked 3DS Hardware Specs Prove Its Power

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Rumor: Leaked 3DS Hardware Specs Prove Its Power

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Nintendo may have said we were playing with power on the NES, but we really will be when the 3DS comes out.

The Nintendo 3DS is said to be a powerful machine that far outpaces the original DS's capabilities, and now we may have the tech specs to back it up. IGN reports that they've gotten their hands on the details of what's under the 3DS's hood.

If the report is true, the 3DS uses two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs (the system's "brains"), whereas the DSi uses a 133MHz ARM9 and a 33MHz ARM7. The 3DS will also use DMP's PICA-200 graphics processing unit running at 133MHz and will have 4MB of video memory. It'll quadruple the amount of RAM in the current DS with a total of 64MB, and will also provide a whopping 1.5GB of flash storage as compared to the current model's 256MB. So it's more powerful, but what does that mean?

Eurogamer has done an in-depth analysis of the specs, their likelihood to be real, and what they mean compared to the other handheld electronics currently available. The 3DS's processors appear to put it close to the iPhone, which runs on a single 412MHz ARM11, but the 3DS can unleash dual cores on games without having to worry about running an operating system in the background.

The 4MB of video RAM seems paltry, but the lack of details on exactly what it will be used for - textures or other properties - leaves its power level a mystery. The GPU appears to be running at a "surprisingly low" speed, as the PICA-200 can run faster than 133MHz, but speed doesn't beget it's ability to support self-shadowing, per-pixel lighting, procedural textures, and refraction mapping. These are the types of things that make the previously shown Resident Evil: Revelations demo look as good as it does according to Eurogamer.

The 1.5GB of flash memory also raises a mystery as 3DS development kits are believed to have a 2GB chip. Eurogamer says: "Reserving a mammoth 512MB suggests that Nintendo has serious plans for the functionality of the unit over and above what we have seen so far." Nintendo seem to be the masters of surprises, so who knows what they have in store. Dimensional portal perhaps?

The 3DS is rumored to be coming out anywhere from November to sometime in 2011, but we should find out the truth on September 29.

Sources: Eurogamer, IGN

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At this point the fact that they're showing me Super Street Fighter IV 3D means that it's powerful enough. Original titles and ports from the PS360 on the go? I'll take it.

November please.

hurr hurr, this means it's Nintendo..Power...sorry.
Please be out in November...

...Those tech specs seem rather unimpressive. If they are real, then it's not much more powerful than a PSP, and I thought Nintendo would have used more beefier hardware than tech that's 4-5 years old. Unless the developers are really pushing the hardware with some interesting techniques to make the games look as good as they are; that's if they aren't just bullshots.

Either way, it's still a fine tech boost from the original DS comparatively speaking. Just have to see the games in action to see how they've used this hardware. I was just expecting something more powerful i guess seeing how a few months back devs were raving about how this thing was more powerful than the wii and could produce current gen graphics. We'll just have to see how much those claims hold up when we see some game play footage.

*sigh*

I'm still waiting for those battery specs.......

64mb of RAM is powerful? My old computer had 96MB and that was a long time ago. I know this is a handheld and I have no previous knowledge of the power of handheld devices but for 2010 this seems weak.

mad825:
*sigh*

I'm still waiting for those battery specs.......

If those tech specs are real, I'm sure the battery life will not be all that much different from the current DS. May be a little less due to the dual processing, but it'll probably still pump out a reasonable amount of hours.

Xan Krieger:
64mb of RAM is powerful? My old computer had 96MB and that was a long time ago. I know this is a handheld and I have no previous knowledge of the power of handheld devices but for 2010 this seems weak.

Most consoles have specs that seem on the low end, but that's because they are completely optimized to work with their applications and don't need a secondary OS running in the background, thus freeing up nearly all resources for what is currently being played/used.

Like Mad825 said, I'm gonna wait for the battery specs before I get any hopes up :)

Im not tech wizard.
And a lot of that is still confusing to me.
But just comparing the 3DS's Specs to the Older DS's makes me a Excited boy.

What was that meme about Marvel's Civil War?

"They're all [email protected]#$ed when Hulk gets back"?

The same could be said here in regards to the Kinect and the Move.

"They're all [email protected]#$ed when the 3DS is released."

Gigaguy64:
Im not tech wizard.
And a lot of that is still confusing to me.
But just comparing the 3DS's Specs to the Older DS's makes me a Excited boy.

Well from what I can gather, it looks like it'll be around the same power of a PSP/PS2, MAYBE close enough to Gamecube if they know how to work the hardware. All you really need to know if that it curb stomps the current DS so expect some pretty games on the go.

Well, beefier hardware means that the price point for it has to go up. Nintendo tends to go for affordability in it's handhelds.

I've been trying to whore out my design, web, and art capabilities like crazy to make sure I have enough cash to get 2 of these.

Darn you Nintendo.. DARN YOU AND YOUR ABILITY TO CAUSE ME TO BE A GOOD CONSUMER AND BUY WHATEVER YOU THROW AT ME!

But really, this news just reaffirms that my sheepishly tool-like buying trends are justified. They are, don't you start trying to type something to the contrary. You're a liar!

Wow...still not as powerful as an iPhone?The 3DS a gaming system and the iphone is a phone that has thousands of retardedly fun mini games.A gaming system should be more powerful than a phone!

Behold: NUMBERS AND LETTERS!

I was never good at reading this stuff. Just tell me it'll be fast and look awesome and I'll believe you.

TLatshaw:
Behold: NUMBERS AND LETTERS!

I was never good at reading this stuff. Just tell me it'll be fast and look awesome and I'll believe you.

It'll be fast and look awesome.

BrunDeign:
What was that meme about Marvel's Civil War?

"They're all [email protected]#$ed when Hulk gets back"?

The same could be said here in regards to the Kinect and the Move.

"They're all [email protected]#$ed when the 3DS is released."

I thought the traditional meme was "It prints money!"

RejjeN:

TLatshaw:
Behold: NUMBERS AND LETTERS!

I was never good at reading this stuff. Just tell me it'll be fast and look awesome and I'll believe you.

It'll be fast and look awesome.

I believe you!

-Seraph-:

Gigaguy64:
Im not tech wizard.
And a lot of that is still confusing to me.
But just comparing the 3DS's Specs to the Older DS's makes me a Excited boy.

Well from what I can gather, it looks like it'll be around the same power of a PSP/PS2, MAYBE close enough to Gamecube if they know how to work the hardware. All you really need to know if that it curb stomps the current DS so expect some pretty games on the go.

That's interesting, there were a lot of good looking games on the Ps2, and the PSP has some amazing looking games as well.
Really Graphics are great but for me i want it to have enough processing power to play faster and more complex games.
Iv got jump Ultimate Stars and even on my DSi there are still points when there is so many things happening on screen it starts to slow down.
So with this DS, Fast Paced Fighting games would be an excellent Idea.
Especially 2D Fighters, already the DS has some Beautiful Sprite based games.
And it even has some great 3d games like Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
The Cutscenes look AMAZING and the normal Animation you see and Play looks really good too.
Im expecting some cool things from the 3DS.

Those specs would have been impressive...back in 1996 =p

Tom Goldman:
The 3DS's processors appear to put it close to the iPhone, which runs on a single 412MHz ARM11, but the 3DS can unleash dual cores on games without having to worry about running an operating system in the background.

That was the first-gen iPhone, from 2007. Rather sad comparison. And curious. Would not comparing the 3DS to contemporary devices be more telling?

The current iPhone model runs an ARM Cortex-A8 Apple A4, at 800 MHz - 1 GHz. The 512 mb is another point where the iPhone 4 has drastically different specs to the 3DS.

Of course, the graphics chip, buses and less apparent specs are probably just as important in determining the 3DS' performance. Let's hope they are not as outdated as the processor and memory specs.

BrunDeign:
What was that meme about Marvel's Civil War?

"They're all [email protected]#$ed when Hulk gets back"?

The same could be said here in regards to the Kinect and the Move.

"They're all [email protected]#$ed when the 3DS is released."

That's inevitable, and it will most certainly happen.

Gigaguy64:

-Seraph-:

Gigaguy64:
Im not tech wizard.
And a lot of that is still confusing to me.
But just comparing the 3DS's Specs to the Older DS's makes me a Excited boy.

Well from what I can gather, it looks like it'll be around the same power of a PSP/PS2, MAYBE close enough to Gamecube if they know how to work the hardware. All you really need to know if that it curb stomps the current DS so expect some pretty games on the go.

That's interesting, there were a lot of good looking games on the Ps2, and the PSP has some amazing looking games as well.
Really Graphics are great but for me i want it to have enough processing power to play faster and more complex games.
Iv got jump Ultimate Stars and even on my DSi there are still points when there is so many things happening on screen it starts to slow down.
So with this DS, Fast Paced Fighting games would be an excellent Idea.
Especially 2D Fighters, already the DS has some Beautiful Sprite based games.
And it even has some great 3d games like Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
The Cutscenes look AMAZING and the normal Animation you see and Play looks really good too.
Im expecting some cool things from the 3DS.

The PSP is pretty kick ass when it comes to fighters dude, and they look oh so pretty. So if these specs are the real deal, I have no doubt you'll see some pretty looking fighting games. I'm sure Street Fighter will look excellent as it's art style is not too hard to emulate with lower end tech. With the processing power this thing has, don't except any real noticable slow down from 2D games. I played Guilty gear and Blazblue PSP all the time and those things run as well as their console borthers.

If those are real then its really disappointing. They are only marginally better than the psp, and thats a 5yo system. Even iphone4 puts this specs to shame.

Belladonnah:
If those are real then its really disappointing. They are only marginally better than the psp, and thats a 5yo system. Even iphone4 puts this specs to shame.

Shouldn't really expect anything else from nintendo, if you want next-gen handheld gaming, wait for the PSP2.

Tom Goldman:
a mammoth 512MB

I never thought I'd hear that in this day and age... Maybe back when there were 8MB HDDs and such, but not now.

Belladonnah:
If those are real then its really disappointing. They are only marginally better than the psp, and thats a 5yo system. Even iphone4 puts this specs to shame.

The only thing the iPhone puts to shame is itself.

The extra 512MB is probably for a cup holder or some kind of love pillow interface.

im happy that others are saying the tech is apparently old and sucks, that means it will likely be affordable, which is my main concern. im going to buy it no matter the price, i just need to know how much i have to save and when i need it by.

Anybody have any idea what all this means?

Judging by the tech, I'm guessing the thing will be priced at 200 bucks, 250 max on launch. This tech is pretty old so it's cheap to produce, and 200 dollars is a reasonable selling price for a portable gaming device like this.

Not G. Ivingname:
Anybody have any idea what all this means?

It means that all those devs claiming this thing could pump out current gen graphics were either full of shit or they have some impressive game development skills. These specs make it roughly the same power as a PSP.

mad825:
*sigh*

I'm still waiting for those battery specs.......

yep, theyre already pretty weak in the current DSi :/
man, I dont want to charge this thing every 2 hours or somethingXD

Wow, it's like an early century budget desktop.

Wait that video in the "previously shown" link is running on a 3DS? Jesus christ. Finally we might get some developers working with a handheld other than Nintendo itself.

3DS, CAN'T WAIT. Why wait for the new PSP? Excited for their fantastic line up of games? The PSP had possibly a grand total of 5 games worth playing. Not really worth buying but worth playing.

Next Wednesday can't come soon enough. I'm preordering as soon as I can. I'm trading in my glorious pink DS Lite for it so hopefully it's worth it. That Resident Evil 3DS video... so good... if we can play MGS3 on it I will forgive Nintendo for the Wii.

Oh, and by the way Nintendo? If you're reading this... a Christmas 3DS release would kill Kinect. I'm wanting to see this happen.

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