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The 3D effect
Without a doubt, the first time you lay eyes on the 3DS it will surprise you. The 3D effect isn’t exactly a “pop-out” illusion, but more of a “pop-in.” The best way we’ve been able to describe it is that it’s similar to those Magic Eye images that were so popular in the ’90s. Of course, the 3DS yields a much more obvious dimensional shift. Instead of popping out at the user, the effect appears to go deeper inside the top screen of the 3DS.
The 3D effect can be adjusted using a slider, or eliminated altogether. During our time with Pilotwings, we found the 3D effect turned all the way up really increased the overall sense of flight in the game. That said, we’re anticipating that each game will have a certain sweet spot for 3D intensity, though the setting remains completely preferential.
In our experience, there seemed to be a certain “handshake” that our eyes needed to make with the device to lock in the 3D. Turning the device side to side did compromise that connection, but we’re going to need much more time with the 3DS to determine whether it’s a legitimate issue.
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