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Expectations for the next iteration of Portable Gaming Devices | PS3Blog.net

Nintendo gave a terse announcement that the next iteration of their portable hardware will have 3D screens. Obviously, we don’t generally cover Nintendo news here, but several points are very relevant to our general discussion:

  • Future dedicated gaming devices, like a future DS, PSP, etc, need to deliver experiences that you can’t get on a general purpose smart phone.
  • Distinct user input/output paradigms require custom hardware and justify a completely new “platform”. Hypothetically, if head-tracking 3D goggle motion games took off, you couldn’t just port those experiences to a general purpose smart phone, you really need a dedicated platform.
  • I would expect and hope that future gaming platforms, especially portables, really push this front, and deliver the head-tracking goggle experience I mentioned or something in that direction.
  • We’ve seen many new major evolutions in gaming technology occur in recent years such as online functionality, HD, 3D, smart phones, and motion control. It’s puzzling to me that the general online hivemind is sometimes enthusiastic and fanatically excited about these things and other times is resentful and bitter and feels like these developments are oppressive mandates from some evil technology overlords, and there doesn’t seem to be a logical cause behind these differing reactions.
  • EdEN

    Well, with the N3DS having 3D display technology I guess that’s a start right?

  • Legion213

    “We’ve seen many new major evolutions in gaming technology occur in recent years such as online functionality, HD, 3D, smart phones, and motion control. It’s puzzling to me that the general online hivemind is sometimes enthusiastic and fanatically excited about these things and other times is resentful and bitter and feels like these developments are oppressive mandates from some evil technology overlords, and there doesn’t seem to be a logical cause behind these differing reactions.”

    How about the difference in the technology itself. I would say that would be a pretty good reason why some tech is well receive while others are not.

    When you bring something that changes the industry for the better. People will be ecstatic and can’t wait to get a hold of it.

    But when all you are doing is increasing the appeal. Not actually enhancing the games themselves. More then likely people will brush it off as a gimmick.

    Even Micheal Bay said 3D is a gimmick. He doesn’t plan on making his next Transformer movie in 3D because it cost to much and it to much of a hassle.

    The only thing I can think of that 3D will make difference in gaming. Is if they make it so something tracks your head movements and they make the screen like you are peeking through a window. But then again. You can do that without 3D.

  • Darrin

    There is some truth to what you are saying. I think 3D goes beyond gimmick and delivers more detail and immersion. However, skepticism isn’t unwarranted and a lot of reasonable people are understandably skeptical.

    Full, 360 degree, VR-style head tracking will deliver a major level of immersion. And once people are wearing a set of goggles to do that, I think 3D display is just a win-win no-brainer.