By 22 September 2010 | Categories: news


The upcoming 3D hand-held gaming device from Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS, finally has a specifications list for us to gloat over. 

The Nintendo 3DS will sport not one, but two 266 MHz ARM11 CPU's under the hood. Joining that will be a 133 MHz GPU (graphics processing unit), 64 MB RAM, 4 MB of dedicated VRAM and 1.5 GB flash storage.
This is a huge jump in specs compared to the original Nintendo DS which also featured two ARM CPU's, though they were clocked at 67 MHz and 33.5 MHz respectively. The original also featured only 4 MB of RAM.
Storage space has also been greatly expanded, the upgraded Nintendo DSi sported only 256 MB while the 3DS will feature 1.5 GB which can be  expanded using the 3DS' SD card slot.
DMP (Digital Media Productions) is responsible for the GPU in the 3DS, announcing back in June that their PICA200 will be used in the device. That particular card has a maximum speed of 200 MHz, which means Nintendo might have decided to underclock the chip.
All this comes from IGN who got their hands on the juicy details, citing that the information comes from “persons familiar with the hardware who spoke to us under the condition of anonymity.”
Nintendo is expected to announce the pricing structure and release dates for the Nintendo 3DS on the 29th of September. It's heavily rumoured that the hand-held will be released in Japan before the end of the year though it's unclear when a western release is planned, so stay tuned for more information.


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