The Days Of Split Screen Gaming May Be Coming To An End


Sony showed off a very interesting new feature currently in development for the PS3 this week during an event in London that reportedly “shocked” many of the company’s executives. This new technology is a dual-view 3D mode for the PlayStation 3 that would allow gamers to play against each other in the same room on the same TV without having to use split screen.

Mick Hocking, SCEE senior director ( and director of it’s World Wide Studio’s Stereoscopic 3D Team ) demonstrated the mode briefly with Killzone 3 to a small number of attendess. A tech website called PocketLint had some of it’s guys at the London event. Here’s how they described Sony’s new work in progress:

The technology works in a similar way to Jaguar’s spilt screen television on its dashboard that displays television to the passenger in the car and a map to the driver, but in this case to gamers at home. Player one will see his movements full screen, while player 2 will see his – i.e., something completely different explained Hocking on the technology that could revolutionise gaming at home, on your TV.

Even though the freshly released KillZone 3 was used to demo the new PS3D feature, Sony didn’t elaberate on when consumers can expect to try it out.


Written by: Sakinah - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by pedro on February 25th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    that is AWESOME!!

    yeah, pretty much it, best news for multiplayer gaming I remember hearing about. EVER.

  2. #2 by Oly on February 25th, 2011 [ 132235 Points ]

    WOW.. now this would be a reason to get a 3d TV!! Hope they demo it at E3

  3. #3 by ZFM12 on February 25th, 2011 [ 1495 Points ]

    Very True

  4. #4 by Jcmdaddy on February 25th, 2011 [ 63942 Points ]

    No more cardboard separation! Oh the good old days of blaming someone for looking at your screen.

  5. #5 by Goten on February 25th, 2011 [ 155 Points ]

    This is good. One think that I hated about the old games was splitscreen multiplayer.

    That stuff only worked in Sonic 2 and Mario Kart, and that’s because both players can see what’s going on in their screens. Doesn’t work so well with other games.

    If Sony succeeds with this, I’ll be extremely happy.

  6. #6 by Trieloth on February 25th, 2011 [ 3426 Points ]

    No split screen? Thank God!!!

  7. #7 by kennygk on February 25th, 2011 [ 25663 Points ]

    This should be titled “The days of Screen peeking may be coming to and end”

  8. #8 by sovarn on February 26th, 2011 [ 719 Points ]

    wow, thats so awesome and some clever use of 3D tvs.

    Although to anyone else in the room they won’t be able to spectate lol.

  9. #9 by L/L on February 26th, 2011 [ 4782 Points ]

    This tech has been around since 3D tvs were introduced. The 1st demo vid I saw a few years back for a 3D tv showed 2 people watching 2 tv channels using a dual screen 3D tv. The possibilities of using it for gaming were mentioned so this has been a long time coming.

  10. #10 by Billy on February 26th, 2011

    But this still requires the use of some sort of headgear(glasses), right? I don’t mind wearing 3D glasses once in a while, but it’s bothersome after a long stretch…

  11. #11 by Sakinah on February 26th, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    Billy:

    But this still requires the use of some sort of headgear(glasses), right? I don’t mind wearing 3D glasses once in a while, but it’s bothersome after a long stretch…  

    ^

    Yep. Glasses are still needed.

  12. #12 by hobbes on February 26th, 2011 [ 30466 Points ]

    hmm would be very very interesting

  13. #13 by Captiosus on February 26th, 2011 [ 20 Points ]

    The days of split screen gaming may be coming to an end? Only if you believe 3DTVs are going to be adopted en masse.

    HDTV and Blu-ray doesn’t even have 100% market penetration in North America, even with the fact that you can’t buy a SDTV at any retailer anymore. 3DTV is out of the price range of most, an expensive novelty to the vast majority, and has too many limitations due to varying service providers and content. Seriously, name the channels that support 3DTV. Just like every other time people tried to market 3D (1960s, 1980s), I don’t see it catching on. 3D Movies are probably as and maybe the 3DS (depending on price tag and overall impressions) are really as far as 3D is going to go because they’re both self contained, temporary events.

  14. #14 by Dynojunkee420 on February 27th, 2011 [ 860 Points ]

    I’d rather wear 3D glasses for this feature than the actual 3D aspect of the glasses. Don’t get your panties bunched up, they may be working on it but this technology is far off and pretty useless if it’s not consistent.

  15. #15 by Emrah on February 28th, 2011 [ 7319 Points ]

    Oh, I would have hoped, that they also took the time to implement multiple logins for the damned co-op in Kz3. Yes, it actually doesn’t support multiple logins, and ony a single player is trophy awarded. But you’ll be able to play it full-screen co-op, although anonymously.

    Now, who is to blame? Guerilla games? Or Sony who haven’t standardized AND made this thing mandatory, while Xbox Live did it from day one. And yes, even Xbox live arcade games support multiple logins. On the Xbox, soon as you turn on the second controller, the game OS lets you login as a guest or with an account, that’s what I’ve seen during the few hours I played at a friend’s house. The game Os handles it automatically, and the game respects this information. On PS3, it is pretty much like a tacked-on hack for the games.

    PS3 is full of features and potential, but they are inadequately distributed.

  16. #16 by Beastxjason on March 1st, 2011 [ 25936 Points ]

    Honestly I dont think I have had fun with split screen since Golden eye lol Those were the days. I had to walk to school bare foot in the snow up hill both ways :P

  17. #17 by Markus on March 2nd, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Very innovative! If I had this as a child, I might have a better relationship with my brothers.

    “Stop looking at my screen!!” /rage

  18. #18 by Jonaskin on March 2nd, 2011

    That’s a pretty impressive feature. Even just the other day during a Rock Band 2 session our bassist was looking at the Guitarists screen and failed out of the song.

  19. #19 by kennygk on March 3rd, 2011 [ 25663 Points ]

    HAHA jason thats a strange hill you had to walk up


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