Nintendo 3DS Has A New 3D Screen ContenderS

Nintendo's foray into bringing 3D gaming to the masses without the need to wear glasses may have a new hardware ally in Hitachi. The electronics manufacturer unveiled details of its new 3D-simulating display today, a potential Nintendo 3DS hardware contender.

Not long after Sharp showed off its own brand of 3D LCD screen tech at an event in Tokyo this month, Hitachi unveiled its own display, a 3.1" screen that features similar parallax barrier and in-plane switching wizardry that makes flat displays look three-dimensional and offers a wide viewing angle.

Hitachi's option does not highlight any touchscreen capabilities, in addition to being smaller and having less impressive brightness, making it a less impressive (or technically incompatible) screen option. Both Sharp's and Hitachi's displays feature 854 x 480 resolution, much higher than the standard Nintendo DS screens.

Nintendo plans to show off the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the wildly popular DS handheld, at this year's E3 expo. Whether that demonstration will involve looking at a woman holding a phone in 3D, we'll know in June.

携帯電話向けにIPS液晶を採用した3D液晶パネルを開発 [Hitachi via Akihabara News]