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August 3, 2010

Nintendo 3DS and eye strain worries

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by Darren Allan

The wonderful world of 3D images isn’t wonderful for everyone. Some of us can’t see the effects properly, or suffer from headaches due to them.

And the prospect of eye strain is another worry, and one that has been highlighted on Nintendo’s 3DS platform by the developer of Kid Icarus Uprising, Masahiro Sakurai.

He spoke to CVG regarding the development of the handheld, which doesn’t require the user to wear a pair of glasses to experience the three dimensional effect.

And one issue Sakurai was questioned on during the interview was whether the 3DS could potentially cause any eye strain. He admitted that: “In my experience of development and actually using it, when you have a lot of objects flying towards the user I find that it’s more likely to cause eye strain so during development I’m using objects moving away from the user which doesn’t have that effect.”

Which sounds slightly ominous, in so much as what if other developers aren’t as clued-up as him in making sure their visuals don’t mess with the eyes too much in this manner.

Although should your peepers feel the strain on the 3DS, at least you can use the slider to turn the effect off. Although kids might not be sensible enough to do that, of course.

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