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Will the next Nintendo handheld have a HD screen?

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SpokenTruth said:
I'd be blown away if it doesn't. Low res screens now cost more than high res screens do because so few make low res panels anymore.


This is Nintendo we are talking about, they still may choose not to have HD handhelds :P



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I see it being 720p



SpokenTruth said:
I'd be blown away if it doesn't. Low res screens now cost more than high res screens do because so few make low res panels anymore.

 
Do you have a source for that? Because that doesn't make sense to me, if that is so, then 720p displays should cost more than 1080p of the same size.  Or if let's say you have a big 1080p vs a small 540p display of the same pixel per inch made using the same manufacturing process, shouldn't the cost of ppi be similar, but the smaller low res screen would be cheaper? I'm think sure most displays start out as one, then cut into pieces to meet size and resolution requirements.

Anyway, I think Nintendo will go with qHD or WVGA, next gen, especially if they stick to dual screen. But I can see them going HD if go with a single screen handheld.



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curl-6 said:

I'm starting to suspect it won't.

They seem to always select low resolution screens for their portables; the DS was 256x192, (main screen only) and even the 3DS, at 400x240 (not counting 3D, main screen only) actually has a lower resolution than the PSP; if this trend continues, their next one may likewise be below that of the Vita, which boasts a sub-HD 960x540.

I know 720p screens aren't exactly an expensive rarity these days, but given the cost-cutting measures Nintendo has adopted for the last two generations, I can see them equipping their next portable with a 480p screen or thereabouts, which would also mean they'd need a less expensive and power-hungry GPU to render at that resolution, thus not only lowering production costs but extending battery life, which in a portable is crucial.

But enough of my jibberish, what do you think?


if you havent noticed NONE of nintendos handhelds have ever been as high tech as thier compeition,  if you hardware is solid and the games are good the resolution of the screen on a portable doesnt mean a whole lot,  

 

gameboy was hardware wise worse then the gamegear, hell the gameboy color was worse and i would go as far to say the gameboy advance and advance sp were just barely catching up to the likes of hte gamegear and atari lynx the ds handily outsold the psp even if the psp was probably better hardware wise then maybe even the 3ds   hardware doesnt make games better all the time maybe prettier but not better.



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Define HD. Many here seem to assume it means 720p and up, but I saw different interpretations of HD before.



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nomad said:

 Because that doesn't make sense to me, if that is so, then 720p displays should cost more than 1080p of the same size.  

Are you talking about televisions here? This is a false conclusion, if so. A television is much more than its screen, and has other features involved. Furthermore, since total demand is less for 720p televisions, regardless of whether production costs are higher or less the sale price will be less (see: Microeconomics demand curve shifts downward, decreasing equillibrium price.) That is why fewer 720p displays are being produced than say in 2006. The opportunity cost exceeds any manufacturing costs involved. 

Anyway, 720p screens are still quite popular in the mobile market, so their prices won't increase. 480p is an entirely different matter. If Nintendo wants a certain type of screen, with a certain size, at a certain DPI they're going to have to find a manufacturer who will produce it. And if the manufacturer isn't already producing screens similar to this, the costs will be higher than if Nintendo chose to work with the screens that are being produced. 

 



blessedswine said:

 if the psp was probably better hardware wise then maybe even the 3ds 

No.

Also, we can have this discussion using an internal measuring stick. No need to talk about competitors. 



sc94597 said:
nomad said:

 Because that doesn't make sense to me, if that is so, then 720p displays should cost more than 1080p of the same size.  

Are you talking about televisions here? This is a false conclusion, if so. A television is much more than its screen, and has other features involved. Furthermore, since total demand is less for 720p televisions, regardless of whether production costs are higher or less the sale price will be less (see: Microeconomics demand curve shifts downward, decreasing equillibrium price.) That is why fewer 720p displays are being produced than say in 2006. The opportunity cost exceeds any manufacturing costs involved. 

Anyway, 720p screens are still quite popular in the mobile market, so their prices won't increase. 480p is an entirely different matter. If Nintendo wants a certain type of screen, with a certain size, at a certain DPI they're going to have to find a manufacturer who will produce it. And if the manufacturer isn't already producing screens similar to this, the costs will be higher than if Nintendo chose to work with the screens that are being produced. 

 


No, 720p vs 1080p in general, TV, tablets, smartphones, etc. But Ok, yes, there are more factors to consider.

Still, I think it shouldn't be that difficult to find a manufacture to produce low res screens. I don't see how 480p is anything special, atleast right now and the near future. Larger low dpi/ppi panels are still being mass produce and will likely continue to be produced at large quantities for laptop, TV, etc. Those will be good source for Nintendo to get their panels. Even ones used for 1080p tablets can be a good source, just cut them smaller.