Dec 24, 2008

PS3 to turn 3D in 2009?

Geeky glasses for all!

At last year’s CES, 3D HD displays and projectors were making their grand debut. At this year’s event, we’re expecting even more impressive hardware and a lot more content to take advantage of it. Even so, 3D runs the risk of remaining a niche market – seeing as it requires a special kind of display, highly unfashionable specs AND an appropriate player. What 3D really needs is to find a home inside a commonplace entertainment hub of some description. A games console maybe?

And would you believe it, that’s exactly what is being planned. According to one reputable source - Neil Schneider, President and CEO of Meant to be Seen – Sony “fully intends” to introduce stereoscopic 3D technology to PS3 next year. This info comes from Blitz Games Studios, whose Blitz Tech engine is going to make it happen.

“The best part is console support will only need a bios upgrade to work,” said Schneider. “We are told that the ability to add this capability via bios may be unique to Sony PS3 versus the other console solutions.”

In fact, the PS3 may not be the only console to get a bit of 3D gaming goodness – given that there were 3D demos of Xbox 360 games on show at CES last year, it’s perfectly possible for developers on other consoles to make it work. However, although visually impressive, it still requires extra work on the part of the developer, and that effort will only be seen by a fraction of players. However, if Sony can introduce it as a standard and make 3D gaming more accessible and ubiquitous, it could dramatically help the uptake of the technology.

Now then, about those glasses...

Sources : Playstation3,

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