Industry Gamers has an interesting article concerning the newly announced 3DS. In response to the title question, Analyst Colin Sebastian believes so by stating, “As Apple’s iPhone siphons video game market share, we note that it is becoming more difficult for game publishers to maintain a steady profit contribution in the handheld game market; iPhone games typically cost $5-$8 vs. $29-$39 for DS titles. However, with a differentiated 3D display, high quality games, and profitable business model for publishers, we believe the 3DS could help reduce the competitive threat from smartphones.” What this means is that he believes that having the 3D aspect to the DS will motivate people to purchase the higher priced games for it.
Sebastian also believes in the whole concept of 3D without glasses due to its possible mass market appeal. “3D with no glasses has mass market potential. Following the January CES conference, we highlighted 3D as one of the potential growth opportunities for the video game industry, with the caveat that mainstream consumer adoption could be limited by heavy and potentially expensive 3D glasses. If Nintendo is able to achieve a realistic 3D experience without the need for glasses, we believe 3DS could have broad appeal, and spark a new cycle of innovation within the industry,” he said regarding the 3DS.
Along with much praise for the 3DS, Sebastian also believes that Sony will announce a new model of PSP this year, but isn’t sure about 3D implementation. I suppose only time will tell.