Some 3DS games may not be 3D

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by The Pi, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. The Pi

    The Pi Lurker

    Mar 18, 2010
    Some developers working on the new 3DS have revealed that games can look and perform much better when the 3D effect is scrapped.

    According to a report on IGN (via Kotaku), some of those who are getting to grips with the new system have noted that without having to render two images for 3D, you can theoretically pump out twice the processing power for "additional texture passes and more complex object and environment geometry". Visually games can go up to 60fps instead of 30, for example.

    Whether developers will go around Nintendo and create 3D-less games is uncertain, but we're sure one or two will take the risk at somepoint.

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  2. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    Obviously, even the 3D games can have 3D turned off. It's not a mandatory feature and I'd get sick of playing every game in 3D myself.
  3. heavyknight

    heavyknight GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 9, 2009
    United States
    I'm guessing 3D will be used for casual/semi-casual/semi-kid friendly games like Pokemon (unless they go with another new style that utilizes 3D, models/polygon 3D, not 'popout' 3D., Tetris, and whatnot, while full power is used for more 'intense' games. Like Mario Kart, 60fps MK~

    And by that I mean 3D, even though it's optional, to have the ability to use 3D, as opposed to it being just something you can turn off. Basically, no 3D whatsoever.

    Seems interesting...wonder what awaits in 2011.
  4. beegee7730

    beegee7730 ITS PAAFEKUTO!

    Mar 31, 2009
    This is pretty obvious, for example Castlevania games.
    Who wants a 2.5d Castlevania game?
  5. heartgold

    heartgold GBAtemp Psycho!

    Sep 11, 2009
    I posted this in the 3DS section but w/e =P

    Think about it, RE is looking so amazing in 3D, what will happen to games that don't use 3D and get that extra processing power. My mind is blowing already lol IMO This has to be powerful as the wii or even more.

    Would anyone dare to say this console can produce graphics that'll look like xbox360 games at its best?

    I need the 3DS in my hands right now. lol
  6. Snorlax


    Apr 26, 2008
    I'd prefer better graphics in some games rather than 3D.
  7. Fluto

    Fluto A potato in disguise

    Apr 17, 2009
    The Moon
    3d will be used for an obviously upcoming wairoware game
    but what would be the difference ??? oh wait motion sensors like gba
  8. nutella

    nutella Low Glycemic Index

    Sep 4, 2008
    Your nearest supermarket
    umm, i think we all assumed that was going to happen?
  9. spinal_cord

    spinal_cord Knows his stuff

    Jul 21, 2007
    That depends entirely on the on the Nintendo SDK, if it allows the devs to make games without the 3D effect then that's fine, but if it doesn't, you all have to remember than Dev teams for Nintendo are locked into their SDK, it's not like homebrew Deving, you can't just break out and add new stuff, Nintendo wont allow it.
  10. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

    May 16, 2007
    Exactly. I think the hardware and especially the software has been designed specifically to display 3D games. The performance boost that developers actually have access to shouldn't be big enough to just abandon the support of 3D games altogether. Because, let's face it, that's what would happen if the graphics would become two times as pretty with the 3D effect turned off.
  11. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    Sacramento, California
    IMO, I have a feeling that if developers had a choice between having the 3D effect or having more processing power to push the visual threshold, they'd choose the latter.

    But, maybe they can have both, just not at the same time. If the 3D slider setting can be read by developers as a number that the hardware stores (from 0 to 100, for example, 0 meaning no 3D, 100 meaning complete 3D), the developers can take that, and for each frame, if the value is 0 (meaning the 3D is completely off), they can adjust their graphics engine to do more.

    For those that played RE2 on the N64, you probably have an idea of what I'm talking about. For those that haven't, RE2 on the N64 ran at 640x480 until the game had to display a lot of enemies, of which the graphic engine reduced that resolution to 320x240 in real-time to gain some processing power to handle the load, and then reverted back to 640x480 when that heavy load wasn't present.

    Then again, if the developers can set the 3D like a switch, either on or off, they can turn it off where they feel 3D wouldn't be the best times to use it, and instead use that power elsewhere.
  12. Uncle FEFL


    Sep 7, 2009
    United States
    PM me for Social Security information
    I feel the same way.
  13. Master Mo

    Master Mo F.R.E.E.

    Nov 22, 2005
    Gambia, The
    Man Mo Temple
    I couldn`t care less about graphical horse-power at this state if I`m honest, since IMO graphics between N64 and PSP are really sufficient for a handheld-device... If it enhances the experience I think to have the option to use 3D should always be available, since the games right now judging the playable demos, which obviously were 3D, seem to look great graphically. Even with 3D enabled!

    So bottom-line I don`t think that a developer should make the decision not to used 3D just because he wants the game to look a little better rather then to say, that 3D would`t particularly enhance the experience of the game (or doesn`t makes sense for the game) and thus ditching the 3D-effect - in that case that developer might as well use the extra horse-power...
  14. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
    There's already going to be a Professor Layton title for 3DS, it's somewhat obvious that one won't have the 3D effect on 2D sprites.
  15. TM2-Megatron

    TM2-Megatron Predacon Commander

    Feb 10, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I hope some developers take advantage of this... let's face it, stereoscopic 3-D isn't going to be the most useful feature for every type of game (plus not every game needs to be 3-D... just as not every Wii game needs motion control, either).
  16. Neko

    Neko Been a while.

    Dec 5, 2006
    Gambia, The
    Won't happen. Even if it's possible, only a few games would not use the 3D-Effect. It's one of the biggest selling points of the device and Nintendo will want to push 3D as far as possible. Also even with 3D activated it can display normal+specular mapping already, what more do you want ?
  17. Anakir

    Anakir Project: Melee

    Dec 20, 2006
    I rather have 60fps and better graphic games than 3D visuals. I like frame-dependent games; it makes it more challenging like how there's only a few frames within an attack that you can dodge in order to survive.
  18. tigris

    tigris Sentient Existential Anthropomorphic Sweet Potato

    Jun 19, 2010
    The Tibetan Himalayas
  19. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    good i dont want everything to be 3d always anyway my eyes are bad enough as it is [​IMG]
  20. Nebz

    Nebz The N00b

    Jul 1, 2010
    United States
    Rhode Island
    Same for myself. I won't be buying this handheld for the 3D though just mainly because it's the actual DS successor and I need a new DS.