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More 3DS XL hardware improvements detailed

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We already know that the 3DS XL boasts bigger screens and better battery life than the original 3DS but Nintendo recently revealed a variety of other hardware improvements that may influence your purchasing decision. The latest edition of ‘Iwata Asks’ – a series of illuminating interviews conducted by Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata – explores the many ways in which the 3DS XL’s hardware improves upon the original model.

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Besides some subtle changes to the handheld’s buttons and speakers, a curvier form factor and wider 3D Depth Slider range, one of the most significant improvements is the anti-reflective LCD screen used in the 3DS XL. Each of the screen’s three layers has been treated with a special anti-reflective coat that cuts reflectivity down from about 12% on the 3DS to just 3% on the 3DS XL.

Here’s an extract from the Iwata Asks interview that discusses this aspect of the 3DS XL in more detail:

  • Murakami: Anti-reflection is something that we’ve been working on for quite some time now. After all, immersion is important for video games.

  • Iwata: Yes. How did you cut down on glare this time?

  • Murakami: There’s a screen cover like this over the LCD screen. I brought this today so I could explain it.

3DS XL Screen Cover

  • Iwata: This is covering it?

  • Murakami: Yes. On a LCD screen there are basically three reflective layers, which all of them reflects and cause glare. So this time, we specially treated all the layers. Reflectivity on the Nintendo 3DS was about 12%, but we decreased that to about 3%.

  • Iwata: Why were you able to do that this time?

  • Murakami: Simply put, the progress of technology.

  • Iwata: AR coats have been around for quite some time. Is the principle the same?

  • Murakami: The principle is the same, but the manufacturing process is different. And then there’s the cost. It used to be really expensive.

  • Iwata: Anti-reflection has been a topic every time since the Game Boy Advance system, but most of the time we had to give it up because of the cost.

  • Murakami: But we continued to keep an eye on the technology the whole time.

  • Iwata: And the time came.

  • Murakami: Yes. The time finally came! (laughs) When it comes to anti-reflection, this device beats all previous Nintendo game systems.

The 3DS XL will be released on July 28th in European territories and on August 19th in North America. Head over here for El33tonline’s previous coverage of the 3DS’ first hardware revision.


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