Sony's not just focusing on electronic wizardry it can sell you now,
it wants to get you pumped up for products it will sell in the future. Like playing games in three dimensions.
The electronics giant is dazzling CES attendees with a trio of 3D
Bravia displays, purely for tech demo purposes. While the tech requires
a dedicated monitor capable of displaying a 3D signal and forces the
viewer to wear special, but still very hip-looking glasses, they're of
the polarized variety, not the red and blue lens style as seen on Mr.
Ken Kutaragi up there. (Sorry, actual photos don't do the technology
How is it?
Amazing, really. Seeing PlayStation 3 games like MotorStorm, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, and Wipeout HD
in simulated 3D is surprisingly convincing. And, according to Sony reps
on the show floor, it also helps give a better sense of depth
perception in the above mentioned racing games. It certainly impressed
more than the video content Sony was showing off, but we're clearly
biased (toward video games, that is).
The only downside noticeable while standing near the space-age display was that screen-tearing is much more annoying in 3D.
We've been promised a chance to go hands-on with the PS3 games in 3D
later today (shhh... don't tell) so, hopefully, we'll be able to give
you the verdict on not just how it looks, but how it plays.
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Seen this bit of info at IGN.com, GT5 in 3D i like the sound of that tho those glasses look uber lamo, geek alert x10 with them things on LOL
PlayStation 4 in 3D
Will Sony's next system be coupled with 3D glasses?
by Chris Roper
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January 9, 2009
- CES 2009 is currently underway in Las Vegas, and while there are tons
of home audio systems, DVD and Blu-ray players, touchscreen phones and
other miscellaneous cool gadgets to be seen and played with, perhaps
the biggest theme this year is 3D. Long gone are the days of the blue
and red paper glasses, replaced with polarized lenses or even
standalone displays that promise they can provide the effect without
having to wear anything on your head.
3D is getting big in Hollywood as well, and fast. James Cameron has
long been working on Avatar, a 3D-only film, and has said that all of
his future work will be shot in 3D. At Sony's CES press conference this
year, there were announcements that Toy Story 1 and 2 would be
re-released in 3D, and a third film would be coming in the same form.
Dreamworks announced that all of its future projects would be in 3D. The list goes on and on…
But that's not all. At Sony's booth, a handful of PlayStation 3 titles
were running 3D demos, including WipEout HD, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
and MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. Our guys that have seen it say it's pretty amazing.
Don't try crossing your eyes.
is keeping mum on exactly how these games are working, if they're just
tech demos and not ever intended for release and so forth. For my part,
it sounds to me like all three of these games will be patched with 3D
viewing capabilities at some point in the future. And, it could also
explain why we haven't seen Gran Turismo 5 proper yet - it could be
that the game is meant to be played in 3D and we'll see it running as
such at E3.
But what about other content? Will every (or even just some) PS3
games get a 3D viewing option? Could a firmware update bring the
content to everyone? Maybe, maybe not. But it seems to me that it's
likely that the PlayStation 4 will be built from the ground-up for 3D
content, including Blu-ray discs for movies.
One of Sony's problems in the past, as a company on the whole, is
that its bits and pieces haven't worked all that well together. For
example, you can't download music to the PlayStation 3, which is a
giant missed opportunity given Sony's large catalog of tunes. Movies
took forever to get there, etc. etc. But the company is struggling (as
are most these days), and a more cohesive approach to all of this would
help things. It's one of the initiatives that Howard Stringer was
pushing for when he took over a few years back, and things are
getting better, with stuff like the XMB showing up in both its gaming
devices and displays, and Blu-ray being a major focus for the company.
Included with every system?
the PlayStation 4 with full-on 3D viewing capabilities would be a
game-changing move, especially if the next Xbox and Nintendo systems
don't follow suit. As mentioned, it apparently sounds amazing, which is
obviously a good thing for Sony fans. But it would also give the PS4
that same sort of nifty catch that has gotten so many people to buy a
Wii. Wiggling joysticks around is nothing compared to seeing objects
jump out of the screen.
For the company as a whole, this would also give a bit boost to
Sony Pictures Entertainment and the overall electronics division as
bring 3D movies to our homes is obviously next on the to-do list for a
lot of makers. It's going that way in the theaters, so you can bet it's
going to wind up at home sooner than later.
At this point, I'd be willing to throw down $20 (I'm not a rich
man) that the PlayStation 4 will be primarily a 3D viewing system. I'll
honestly be somewhat disappointed if it's not.
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