The Nintendo 3DS is a portable game console produced by Nintendo and released in 2011. It can display stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses. The 3DS is backward-compatible with the DS and DSi. Its main competitor is the PlayStation Vita from Sony.A few variants of the 3DS exist. There is an "XL" version which (as the name suggests) is larger than the original. The 2DS lacks the ability to view games in 3D and doesn't have hinges. In 2014 Nintendo released the "New" 3DS with an upgraded processor and extra controls. Finally, in 2017 Nintendo launched the "New" 2DS XL, which is much like a "New" 3DS XL but without 3D.