The DS's 67MHz ARM9 (i know the DSi improved it but for the sake of argument, its all the dev's were allowed to work with; the GBA proc can't be used at the same time as well) Works fine for basic 3d. But take the new specs with a better architecture and dedicated GPU, we're looking at something 6-10 times as powerful operating at 2.73 times the pixels.
How much overhead the OS needs of that 64MB ram is unknown.
This should get decent battery life but i don't expect the browser to be that fun to use.
Surely some extra RAM would help with the internet browsing, and possibly allowing multitasking?
There is a difference between a phone and a game console. Phones need to do many things at once. A game console's main focus is playing games (even if Sony wants to tell you different). And you can surf the net on 64MBs of RAM. I know, as I had done it for years.
Still people here have no clue on hardware development. First of all if you need to game u need a good battery life to play. If there is 1gh cpu in there, the cpu is going to be expensive and battery powering it up for 3-5 hours is going to be really expensive. If u game Angry Birds in Google nexus one the battery lasts less that 45-mins. They have clocked properly in such a way that there no bottlenecks in the overall performance and they have superior softwares to test it.And Nintendo never makes high end handhelds or console the console they made was Gamecube with pretty awesome components but screwed up the media as usual. If u really want a proper gaming handheld wait for PSP2.
^Yeah, you're completely spot on with the battery life. Even on the iPhone, which has a much better battery life than the average smart phone, you get somewhere < 2 hours of battery life while playing 3d games. It's still way too early to judge, but I think the 3DS will be an awesome hand held. At first, I was afraid that the 3D would be too much of a gimmick and that the 3D would be the only really improvement, but it seems like the handheld is improved in practically every way possible.
If u really want a proper gaming handheld wait for PSP2.
Unless the PSP2 has glasses-free 3D, then I couldn't care one whit about whether it is "proper" (whatever that means) or has higher hardware specs than the 3DS. That's the same comparison as a PS3 to a Wii...yes the PS3 kills the Wii on paper, but that misses the point of the Wii completely.
The 3DS is going to change handheld gaming the same way the Wii did for consoles...with what all Wii-haters call a "gimmick", but that their console just spent two years figuring out how to adequately copy. I have no doubt that PSP lovers will call the 3DS a gimmick, and then Sony will figure out how to include it in the PSP2 two years later. I should buy some stock in Nintendo, they're going to be raking in some serious coin once this thing drops.
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