Originally Posted by VetraX
I've been in the market for a 3DS for a while now. Like some people on here, I've already stocked up on titles over the past two years, with the intention of buying the system at one point or another. I was dead set on getting an XL recently, but I've heard that the upscaling of DS and older 3DS titles isn't the greatest. Could you shed some light on that maybe?
As far as I can tell, that seems to be the only real negative of owning an XL over a regular 3DS, maybe other than not being comfortable with the size.
The XL has the same screen resolution(s) as the original 3DS, so there is no upscaling of 3DS games. The pixels are bigger due to the larger screen size, of course, which can contribute to a slightly "chunkier" appearance than on the original 3DS. For me this has never been an issue; I love the increased screen size and have never once thought that any of the games looked worse than on the original 3DS. (I also greatly prefer the DSi XL to smaller DS models, so I may be slightly biased).
As for original DS games, if you play them in the default full-screen mode I imagine that the difference in resolutions could make the upscaled image look awkward, as the numeric values of the DS screen resolution do not scale smoothly into the 3DS resolution. However, if you hold the Start and Select buttons when you start a DS game from the main menu, it will display the game at its correct resolution (which will of course have the side effect of not filling th entire screen). While I very rarely play DS games on the 3DS (I like my DSi XL too much to get rid of it), that is my preferred method of "DS on 3DS" gameplay.
Here is an example of what I'm talking about (showing both versions):
The only other supposed downside of the XL vs. the original 3DS is that the XL speakers apparently have a lower max volume. This has never been an issue for me or something that I even noticed, but I have read reports that other people have been disappointed by this difference.
One more thing that I really
like about the XL compared to the original is that the Start, Select and Home buttons beneath the bottom screen are actually discrete buttons, whereas on the original the buttons are just little panels on a bar below the screen. In my opinion, this is a huge
improvement. The XL also has a bit better battery life than the old 3DS and is more comfortable to hold for extended play sessions (for me, anyway).
All in all, I would never go back to the original model after using the XL. I love it. But that's just my opinion.