Sony Still Backing 3D But 'Doesn't Need To Talk About It So Much'

Jim Ryan told CVG at Gamescom this week that "where it makes sense, 3D technology will be included into our games".

Ryan was asked to clarify the matter because Sony had not announced any 3D technology initiatives at its Gamescom press conference on Tuesday, nor did it mention the tech at its E3 press conference in July.

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Anon19742310d ago (Edited 2310d ago )

They said color TV's were a fad as well. Not enough content. Too expensive. It took almost two decades before color TV's became standard and now we can't imagine anything else. HDTV also had the same detractors. Not a big enough leap. DVD's were "Good enough". Not enough content. It's just a fad. Price is too high. Etc..etc..

3d is here to stay, but just like other shifts in television tech, don't expect it to happen overnight. People were falling all over themselves to proclaim 3D dead when revenue for 3d films fell in 2011, but many don't realize that revenue was down about 1.5% which has been easily attributed to the bump produced by Avatar going into 2010.

If you don't like it, more power to you. Feel free to sit and watch without 3D, or in standard definition, or in black and white for all I care. For me, I find it hard to watch movies I've seen in 3d in 2d as it just pales compared to experiencing the films in 3d. I'm looking forward to watching 3D for decades to come.

tehpees32310d ago

I don't think 3D will become the standard but it will continue to exist. Its far too dangerous to be a standard. Some entertainment is becoming scrutinized for being too flashy towards epileptics as it is. 3D can cause serious eye damage in ways colour/HD tvs can't. They won't let it become a household standard but I think your right about it being more than a "fad".

ChunkyLover532309d ago

The difference between color TV and HDTV, which HDTV is only right now at 50% saturation in the world right now, there are still 50% of people with standard televisions.

Anyway, the difference is that those things don't require glasses, pretty much everyone can enjoy those things. Parents don't want their kids wearing 3-D glasses and watching 3-D for hours on end, they don't even like letting their kids watch regular TV all the time, and 3-D can give some massive headaches.

Its uncomfortable for people to use 3-D when you wear glasses, or in my mothers case, she is blind in one eye, which makes it impossible. 3-D has come and gone, its okay from time to time with a movie, if the movie is done right, but it hasn't really added anything for me to invest in it. Wearing glasses to enjoy a movie or gaming gets old fast, and the headaches come ever faster.

Belking2310d ago

I saw something on TV last week where they were talking about consumer lack of interest in 3D.

B_Rian892310d ago

I bought a 3D TV back in March of this year. A lot of the games don't really add much when playing in 3D. The only two games so far I've played that benefits from it are Gran Turismo 5 and Uncharted 3

JellyJelly2310d ago (Edited 2310d ago )

I actually own one of the TV's that's supposed to have the best 3D (and best everything else as well), a Panasonic 2012 GT series. Haven't even tried 3D yet cause the glasses are pretty expensive and I get the feeling it would get stressful on the eyes pretty quickly if you play games for more than like 10 minutes. Which I usually tend to do.

Have you had any long 3D gaming sessions, and how tired were you afterwards?

B_Rian892309d ago

I have a 2012 Panasonic UT42 one pair of shutter glasses. They were around $60 or so. I do play for a few hours at a time, and it does take a bit of getting used to. It may put a strain your eyes at first. It also helps if you change some of the settings in some games, for instance when I play 3D in GT5 I usually use the cockpit or hood view. If I leave the HUD on for some reason it puts a strain on my eyes, but if I turn the HUD off it feels a whole lot better.
Another note, I noticed when you switch to 3D the screen becomes a bit darker, causing you to turn up the brightness which can leaved some games looking a tad bit washed out.

Hicken2309d ago

So you went and spent a buttload on a 3D TV, but the glasses are too expensive for you?

GrandTheftZamboni2310d ago

You should try Motorstorm Apocalypse and Super Stardust. Motorstorm in 3D is INSANE!!!

B_Rian892309d ago (Edited 2309d ago )

I have tried both and while I don't really remember much about Motorstorm's 3D, Super Stardust HD looks great in 3D. I can't believe I forgot it, It's probably the best 3D game out there.
I may gave to give Apocalypse another go

GrandTheftZamboni2309d ago


3D in Motorstorm isn't as impressive visually as is in Uncharted 3, but combined with great gaming mechanics and the whole destruction all around, it makes the game so much adrenaline-inducing fun.

aftrdark212310d ago

Killzone 3 is in 3D, so is Hot Shots Golf, Mortal Kombat, Green Lantern Rise of the Manhunters, Batman Arkham City and a few others I've played. I enjoy 3D but I do have a Vizio with theater 3D glasses. I've had long sessions without feeling ill effects but I do tend to take breaks while gaming.

B_Rian892309d ago

I've tried Killzone 3 in 3D and it really felt uncomfortable. Then again this was when I first bought my TV and I wasn't quite used to it. I have Arkham City but haven't tried it in 3D yet.
The latest game I tried was Assassin's Creed Revelations and I wasn't very impressed. This is one of the games that look washed out

hkgamer2309d ago

killzone 3 in 3d was amazing... first time playing a game in 3D and i was impressed. not sure if my eyes can handle long play times though, my eyes hurt after watching 3D movies so playing games would probably blind me.
i still want to try out 3D gaming properly and my next tv would probably be a 3D tv

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Yodagamer2310d ago

I think 3d is the next biggest step to tvs, arguable more than hd gaming imo, 3d adds depth to games and can help with judging distances like in super mario 3d land. Heck it could even be used for show. Granted it isn't as cheap yet, but it will get there.

Qrphe2310d ago

We need OLED TVs to become a new standard, it's expensive at the moment but they're green, can be super thin and have B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. screens!

RandomDude6552310d ago

Bought the Sony HMZ on an impulse (it was 600 on ebay). That screen (or two) is by far the best thing that I've ever seen outside a movie theater, and it smokes my 42" panasonic s1 plasma. It takes forever to make that thing comfortable though lol.

Buy OLED people!

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