Nintendo Wants A 3D Console...Sometime

Posted: Jun 22 2010, 3:52pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:56pm CDT, in News | Gaming

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The man at the helm of Nintendo has said that the company will probably create a 3D home console some day, but not until the adoption rate of 3D TVs makes it commercially viable.
Those are strong words coming from Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo worldwide, considering the company doesn't even have a console that supports high-def resolution yet.

Estimates suggest that as much as 2/3 of the households in the US have an HDTV, yet the Wii has no support for HD output. So it's puzzling that Iwata is already talking about creating a 3D console.

In an interview with CVG, Iwata said, "Of course, at some point in the future, when the installed base for 3D televisions is such that it's no longer a rarity for people to have one, then certainly, when that point in time comes, whichever console Nintendo would release at that point would most likely take advantage of 3D technology."

Nintendo has shown an interest in 3D, of course, with the 3DS handheld system it debuted at last week's E3 conference. However, the only company showing off stereoscopic 3D content, the new 3D standard for TVs, was Sony.

Clearly, Nintendo doesn't see 2/3 of the US as a large enough market for HD gaming, so who knows how long it will take for them to go into true 3D gaming?

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