Augmented reality is coming to the Nintendo 3DS, the new handheld unit that launches on March 27. If you aren't familiar with AR:
It goes like this- you take a real-life card that is placed on a flat surface, and then you aim the portable device's camera at that card. The AR card will then start a game that appears to be happening right in front of your eyes, "altering the surface and requiring the player to physically move the 3DS to center on targets or various other aspects of gameplay." Nifty, no? Well, thanks to Sony's NGP presentation at this year's Game Developer's Conference, we now know AR is also coming to the NGP . Sony's Next Generation Portable was used to turn a T-Rex poster into a virtual monster on the NGP's screen, thus revealing the new feature for the highly advanced portable.
In addition, the NGP will also boast a feature called "Near," which will tell a player "where they went that day" and will find out which NGP games are most popular in that area. The 3G model will use GPS for this, while the non-3G version will utilize Skyhook, which takes advantage of wireless hotspots. The rest of the presentation sort of rehashed what we already know, but that's to be expected. The comparison to the PlayStation 3 might interest you…click the link above to learn more.