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3D Gaming: Are You Ready For It? |


 It’s 2010 and while there’s still no sign of flying cars in the near future,  the way we watch TV and video games will be advancing forward. At this year’s CES, Sony revealed their plans for 3D gaming by demonstrating  games like Little Big Planet, Resistance 2, and a playable version of the Avatar game based off of  James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster movie.

Sony’s hardware marketing director John Koller revealed some details of when PS3 owners can expect 3D gaming:

We are going to announce a [3D game] lineup soon. The first and third-party lineup is going to be substantial, it’s a pretty robust list of games…new IP, new franchises but also existing franchises [that] really kind of place the player in the game.

Pricing for 3DTVs hasn’t been announced yet. Word on the street is that companies want to keep the new technology at a more affordable price than when HDTV’s were first introduced. Sony plans to have the PS3 ready for when 3DTVs become available to the masses around summer 2010.  All it’s going to take is a simple firmware update we’ve come to know- and-love and your PS3 will be ready for 3D movies and games. However, a 3DTV and a pair of those nifty glasses will also be needed.

Sony seems to be rather confident that 3D gaming is the next big thing.  Over at the Sony Style store  you’ll find a  3D HDTV will come with 2 pairs of glasses. And if you’re lucky enough to own a Sony Bravia HDTV you won’t have to worry about purchasing a new TV just for 3D entertainment. 3D viewing capability is already incorporated into some of their Bravia HD models.

With the PS3 soon  becoming 3D capable and a full line up of 3D games around the corner, should Microsoft and Nintendo be worried?

Find out more about Sony’s 3D plans here and details on the company’s line up of  3D Bravia HDTVs can be found here.

  • Darrin

    “And if you’re lucky enough to own a Sony Bravia HDTV you won’t have to worry about purchasing a new TV just for 3D entertainment.”

    Is this true? The way I understood it, no existing HDTVs will support 3D. You need to buy one of the new, not yet released, 3D enabled models.

    Sony has the high-end LX900 model with built-in 3D transmitter and bundled glasses and the HX900 and HX800 that support sold-separately 3D transmitter and glasses.

    Also, this isn’t just a Sony thing. Almost every one of the major TV makers have announced 3D plans of some kind. I assume that PS3 will do 3D with other HDTV brands as well.

    But yes, I am definitely ready and gung-ho for 3D. With movies (like Avatar), the effect is nice, but not a must-have. I am really excited about seeing games in 3D. I’d imagine the effect would be more interesting with interactive 3D geometry.

  • Follow the Sony Style link and check out the last q&a. I think they’re saying some Bravia TVs are already 3D compatible.

  • caldape95

    I am really not ready for 3D yet tbh. I hate watching movies in 3D just because it strains my eyes after a while and some parts of the movie are blurry.

  • matt

    Samsung and some other companies have 3D tech that can take ANY 2D source and convert it to 3D. They use active shutter glasses that so far have garnered the most attention as the best 3D available. This would work best for most since you only need a new HDTV, not sources.

    I can wait for 3D. It is in it’s infancy and will undoubtedly go through some growing pains. I can’t see it being affordable for 2-3 years at best. For gaming I think FPS games will really benefit from the 3D treatment. Racing games could also be really cool and may finally give the impression of actually driving a car (with wheel and pedals of course!).

    Hopefully some of the richer members here will be able to let us know what they truly think of the tech.

  • Darrin

    flea, I read the link. Where does it say that existing Bravia sets will be 3D compatible?

    matt, the HDTV is generally the most expensive component. Media, blu-ray players, and game consoles are far cheaper and easier to replace.

    I’m eager to get a 3D set, but I have already been looking to buy a new HDTV anyway, and was waiting until the 3D ready ones came out.

  • @ Darrin
    The parts when its says “that 3D veiwing is incorporated into selected Bravia HDTVs as an additional feature and the included remotes for these models each have a button that activated 3D” that led me to believe current Bravias are already 3D compatable.

    I’ll cross that part out until I can find a better confirmation.

  • I’m not ready for it, nor do I want it, or feel it is at all necessary.

    As someone who wears glasses, 3D is nothing but a migraine-inducing waste of time for me. Until such time as Sony – or anyone else, for that matter – can provide a sensible, useable solution for people who already wear glasses (and there are literally HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of us), 3D will be little more than an unuseable gimmick.

  • kingjames32

    I think that if you have to go out and buy and 3D HDTV than this invention will FAIL. HDTV’s are already expensive as hell and just imagin how much an 3d HDTV will cost. Now if there is a way to get like a firmware update to allow 3D to play on our exsisting HDTV’s then i see 3D gaming going a long way.

  • When you see a 3D movie how quickly do you forget that it’ 3D? About 10 minutes in. This is just technology looking for a market. It’s not going to find one.

  • matt

    Darrin- I own a $1100 A/V Receiver that would not be 3D compliant. Many others also own expensive Blu-Ray players that also would not be compliant.

    3D will be very similar to the whole 1080p thing. At first it was double the cost for a same size 1080p HDTV from the same manufacturer compared to the 720p model. Eventually it will drop into all models within the next few years.

    The issue for me is their isn’t a standard yet. Everyone is making 3D their own way. We have the Red/Green glasses, Shutter Glasses, and Glassless to name a few.

    Darrin go buy one of these beast so you can give us a detailed opinion!

  • This is the true savior of 3d, 3-d has been done before but this is the secret of truly emersive experiences.