There are several advantages to picking up the new Nintendo 3DS XL over its predecessor, including larger displays and better battery life. And according to Nintendo, you can add less reflective displays to that list, too.
The Japanese company has revealed that its latest handheld utilizes special anti-glare display technology that aims to significantly reduce reflectivity — from 12% on the Nintendo 3DS to just 3% on the Nintendo 3DS XL.
Takashi Murakami, who was part of the console’s mechanical design group, told Iwata Asks that all three layers of its display were specially treated with an anti-glare coating:
“On a LCD screen there are basically three reflective layers, which all of them reflects and cause glare. So this time, we specially treated all the layers.”
Cutting down on glare has been one of Nintendo’s goals since the Game Boy Advance, according to Murakami, but it repeatedly had to abandon the plan due to cost. Fortunately for those of you planning to pick up a Nintendo 3DS XL, it seems cost is no longer an issue.
In addition to this, Nintendo has confirmed that the XL’s larger display increases the parallax effect, which means a deeper 3D experience.
The Nintendo 3DS XL goes on sale in the United States on August 19, and in Europe on July 28.