It feels like nearly every day since Nintendo unveiled the 3DS at E3 last week, we learn of yet another (sometimes only rumored) intriguing new feature that the device is capable of — for instance, magazine and newspaper downloads, potential game installations, and the ability to ruin your child’s vision. Today’s cool new feature: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says the 3DS is capable of 3D video chat.
“Technologically speaking, a variety of different things are possible with the 3DS, for example, 3D video chat,” Iwata said — seemingly offhandedly — in an interview with Forbes. Iwata didn’t elaborate on this feature any further, nor did he confirm the 3DS will have a 3D video chat feature — only that it is technologically possible.
We know the 3DS will be able to take 3D pictures, using two cameras on the outside of the system. But there is a curiosity about how 3D video chat would work — since there’s only one camera on the front of the DS, how could you both produce a 3D video stream for the person you’re chatting with while also seeing said person on your own screen at the same time? Hopefully Nintendo will add the feature after all, and we’ll all be able to find out exactly how it’d work ourselves.