3DS visuals 'close to PS3, 360'

And features user-adjustable 3D intensity, according to "sources"

The Nintendo 3DS is expected to be considerably more powerful than the current DS, but a new report cites "sources" claiming its visual are close to that of HD consoles like PS3 and 360.

"Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," says IGN.

Later in the feature it goes to say: "Off the record sources indicate that the system will have user control over the 3D effect to make it more or less intense."

That would be similar to nVidia's 3D Vision kit for PC, which also allows you to toggle the intensity if 3D yourself to suit your eyes.

The Nintendo 3D is Nintendo's next handheld device, supports 3D effects without the need for glasses and will be out in Japan before April 2011. That's the official word.

Nintendo will show off the console for the first time at E3 next week.