Just a few days ago, electronics manufacturer Sharp announced an LCD touchscreen capable of switching between 3D and 2D modes. Now, this kind of technology is suspiciously convenient for an upcoming backwards-compatible handheld, the Nintendo 3DS. Since the unveiling of this touchscreen, handheld aficionados have been speculating whether Sharp is indeed manufacturing the 3DS screen for Nintendo.
The screen utilizes a parallax barrier system (learn something new!), which is the kind of technology gamers predict will be used for the 3DS. It is about 3.4 inches in size, a fact that supports the theories that the 3DS would need a screen bigger than DSi’s but smaller than the DSi XL’s. The pixel resolution is a stunning 854×480 (compared to the DSi’s 256×192 and the XL’s 480×272).
Hitachi is also a very likely possibility as it is currently supplying Nintendo with LCD screens for the DSi, and it has already incorporated 3D-2D technology with its WOOO H001 cell phone.
Of course, these are all just educated guesses. Nintendo has yet to answer the questions of inquiring minds. It seems at this rate, we all just have to wait until E3 2010 where Nintendo will be showcasing its new handheld.