Nintendo's new 3DS gaming system will be hitting shelves this month, but beyond its most obvious feature, the handheld device will also be able to stream Netflix movies through Wi-Fi, just like the Wii.
At the Game Developers Conference last week, Nintendo announced that the video streaming service will be available to users beginning this summer. The gaming company has also teamed up with AT&T to allow gamers to connect to the Internet with their handhelds through over 10,000 AT&T hot spots around the country for free.
As we previously reported
, the 3DS will feature a split 3D viewing screen that creates the multi-dimensional effect, as well as a 3-inch 2D touchscreen on the bottom. According to Nintendo's website
, it'll be available in two colors -- Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black.
Critics have suggested that excessive use of the device could hurt teens' eyes, and even Nintendo itself issued a warning for younger gamers. "We will recommend that very young children not look at 3D images," said Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime. "That's because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed."
However, the warning is aimed mostly at children under 7, whose eyes have not developed fully. Still, PC World
consulted optometrist Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford about the concern, and he said users should "try the 20/20/20 rule." Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. "This will give your eyes a quick break," he adds.
Regardless of the 3D technology, this is good advice if you're staring at the small screen watching Netflix movies for a long period of time. The Nintendo 3DS will be available on March 27 for $250. Are you excited for the handheld and its new features?