The Nintendo DS's Pictochat was one of the defining features of the handheld system, perhaps more so than it should have been. The next DS is poised to offer something much more exciting.
In an interview with Forbes, Nintendo head Satoru Iwata said that the 3DS has a really impressive technological backbone. In addition to playing glasses-free 3D games and displaying 3D movies, "a variety of different things are possible with the 3DS, for example, 3-D video chat," said Iwata.
The 3DS does not have a 3D camera that faces the player, so any sort of 3D video chat feature would be difficult to imagine. It may be "possible" to send that 3D camera image to someone else, but chatting seems like a far-out idea.
Regardless, it's clear that Nintendo wants to revolutionize with the 3DS. Video chat probably isn't the way to do it, but there are surely lots of potential application ideas that really could take advantage of the 3D camera functionality.
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