The Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has said that the next edition of the 3DS hand-held gaming console will have a screen around twice as large as the current version. The dimensions, according to Slash Gear
, will be 4.88 inches tall and 4.18 inches across.
The 3DS has a touch panel and delivers 3-D imagery without special glasses. The device consists of two video screens.
The larger screen devices also come with longer battery life, running up to six hours for 3D games and for up to ten hours for 2D video games. 3D TV
indicates that the available colors will be red or blue.
indicates that the new model of the 3DS will be called the 3DS LL within Japan and as the 3DS XL around the world. The name is not the only aspect to vary, for the price will differ within different regions. In Japan the new device will sell for around $235, whereas in the USA it will be less expensive at $200. European prices are, as yet, unspecified.
The reason for the new model, according to the BBC
, is to help Nintendo fight off competition from tablet computers and smartphones. The company hope that the larger screen will help to keep sales steady.
In addition to the new 3DS, Nintendo will be launching the new version of the Wii (the Wii U
) this year.