Nintendo introduces redesigned DS
DSi gets camera, SD card slot
Nintendo has finally spoken out over rumours that it’s redesigned the DS handheld console, and has released details and pictures of the upcoming machine.
Called the DSi, the machine has a three-megapixel camera integrated into the lid and a SD memory card slot built into the side. The console’s audio capabilities have been improved too, adding in the ability to adjust pitch and playback.
Nintendo's DSi: features a 3Mp camera and SD card slot
Although the DSi looks almost identical to its forerunners, a number of online sources have reported that the latest machine’s twin screens are ever so slightly larger, up from 3in to 3.25in. It’s also said to be a tad slimmer, by about 12 per cent, which has apparently been achieved by removing the Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridge slot.
Incidentally, Nintendo has firmly denied online claims that the DSi has two touchscreens. There's only one, folks.
The machine will be available in white or black body colours and although it’ll appear initially in Japan on 1 November for ¥18,900 (£101/$179/€128), the DSi will hit Europe sometime during spring 2009.
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But what about that software?
Will the new DS have Opera built-in? Will it finally have a PDA function? Support downloads?
It looks like they're all "gee-whiz" on the hardware updates, but what's it going to have "under the bonnet?" Seriously, I love mine, but a few more practical functions would be welcome!
All nice and that...
..but I cant use my DS for more than 10 minutes before my right hand's thumb joint really starts to get sore. Doesnt look like the ergonomics have changed.
I know from expereince that I can grip other stuff for quite some time before it starts to ache...er hold on..anyway.....
I grabbed one of the images and adjusted the gamma a lot, it looks very much like a small camera lens on the middle hinge.