3DS Camera Can Record Video Too?
Does taking 3D photos excite you? No? Well how about 3D video recording?
Despite novelty features like facial recognition to create Miis, and the ability to merge to faces together to create an unholy hybrid, the built-in cameras for the 3DS have been mostly ignored in the wake of the handheld’s massive lineup and revolutionary 3D technology. That might change, however, if Shiggy’s latest comment proves true.
In the latest Iwata Asks segment, head plumber Shigeru Miyamoto suggests that in addition to capturing 3D photos, the 3DS might be capable of recording live 3D video as well. This statement was brought up partway through the interview segment, where Miyamoto states that Iwata has plans to make this concept a reality, to which Iwata responds that such a feature may turn up in a future firmware update for the 3DS handheld.
As interesting as this sounds, it’s even more interesting to hear the first discussions regarding the possibility of adding extra features to the 3DS through firmware updates; both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 occasionally expand their interface using firmware, most notably their recent inclusion of Wii-inspired motion controllers (the Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect, respectively). Looks like Nintendo decided to take one idea for themselves while their competitors scrambled to rip off their motion tech.
This is all speculation from Miyamato and Iwata at this point, and should not be seen as an official confirmation. Miyamoto mentioned previously that despite featuring resolutions smaller than the average digital camera, the built-in 3DS cameras were very costly to make due to the positioning and alignment of their axes, which could have been used as a justification for a higher price for the handheld. After putting so much work into the cameras, it wouldn’t be a stretch for Miyamoto to want to expand the novelty further with additional features, including the aforementioned video recording.
You can read all of the latest Iwata Asks segments in English here.