At the E3 expo yesterday, Nintendo premiered the 3DS, a handheld 3D gaming gizmo. Like their long standing DS line but in 3D. What’s noteworthy is that it doesn’t require glasses (a huge stumbling block if this 3D revolution we’re being fed is to actually take place). It features a little sliding bar at the bottom where you can adjust how deep you want that extra D to actually go. As with all things 3D, is it a fad or The Wave Of The Future? Can’t tell but there sure is a lot of investment being made in The Wave option.
Meanwhile at the same conference, Sony tried to stay in the game with it’s new controller called Move, a motion sensing controller for use with PlayStation. It’s kind of like a cross between the motion sensing Wii remote and the body motion sensing Kinect that Microsoft showed off the other day. Nintendo’s Wii has been kind of eating the other guys’ lunch for a while but console games and accessories have been selling poorly as a category for a while.Â I’ve seen some word that Move is more responsive than Kinect but it will be less expensive too, starting at $49. It’s interesting to note that while console video games used to compete to see who could make the most realistic graphics, now the focus is on the controllers and the living room experience. Wii led the way with that, offering a motion based controller while deciding that the graphics were good enough.