The PS3 3D Myth

DualShockers writes, "While some see 3D as a passing fad, I personally believe it is going to add a lot to gaming. That being said, it was not entirely surprising when Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 would be getting Stereoscopic game support of its own this year. However, something of a fallacy about how this implementation will work has come to surface among many gamers.

The general understanding was at one point, and still is for some, that the coming PlayStation 3 patch will create backwards compatibility for every game in their collection. Thinking that the coming PS3 3D support will render every game you own in 3D is a mistake. There is still work that needs to be done to bring each game individually into 3D and there is something you don’t know about the 3D games coming to the PS3."

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taz80802995d ago

Even though there is a huge push for 3D in everything nowadays, it still remains to be seen when and if that will transition to gaming. If it does happen this generation it would have to happen with the PS3 as the 360 and Wii just do not have the horse power to handle it. PC gaming has already moved into the 3D arena with stereoscopic gaming in titles like BFBC2, but you need a pretty diesel PC to run it. If 3D does not pop up in this generation of consoles it will definitely make its presence known in the next generation of consoles which I gather will be announced in a year or so.

JoelT2995d ago (Edited 2995d ago )

The article doesn't say it wont happen, it just points out the all to obvious limitations that no one else has been taking into consideration. The lack of HDMI 1.4 is the biggest issue because it's an actual, dare I say, hardware limitation of the PS3. And while software and patching play a major role, if the hardware isn't available there's only so much that can be done. I'm sure there will be a hardware refresh, perhaps the version that's going to be bundled with the move will include HDMI 1.4, one can only hope.

Can't wait to pick up my 3D Bravia this summer!

kneon2995d ago

I don't think there is an issue with HDMI 1.4. The PS3 has HDMI 1.3 which has the same bandwidth as 1.4. So they should be able to upgrade to 1.4, unless some of the protocol is handled in hardware and can't be upgraded. But with their pushing for 3D I doubt that is the case.

And as for the change to the optical audio mentioned in the article, I think that is a red herring. As I said above the PS3 already has enough bandwidth on it's HDMI port so there would be no need to force the audio over the optical link.

JoelT2995d ago (Edited 2995d ago )

Check out this explanation of HDMI 1.4. found here:

"This appears to be the reason a PlayStation 3 will be able to display 3D content with only a firmware upgrade. The difference between a 3D HDMI 1.3a image and a 3D HDMI 1.4 image will be a slight downgrade in quality - dual 1080i images instead of dual 1080p images from Blu-ray content."

So think about it for a second. If it doesn't have the bandwidth to send out dual 1080p images, what makes you think that audio will not take a hit on this.

It's clearly the reason as to why Sony unlocked multi audio output. What other reason would they have done that?

Think about it, HDMI 1.3 (AKA PS3 Fat) can't even bitstream the HD Audio codecs so it has to decode them internally and send it out via PCM. How will it handle the bandwidth of 3D when it has to send out multiple 1080p images as well as 5.1 surround sound.

It can't.s
Isn't a deal breaker for most I'm sure, but there are gamers like myself who game in surround sound setups who would like the best possible experience. Unfortunately as far as 3D goes, it doesn't appear like it isn't happening as soon as we all thought.

It's called marketing at it's best!

El Botto2995d ago

For gaming, 3d is the new shit.

I cant wait to play 3d. The possibilities are limitless. Add in Blu Ray, PSMOVE and you know watching the bottom of your avatar shoe in 3d = priceless.

Hitman07692995d ago

I disagree that is a fad for anything, its just not at the highest edge of technology yet.

D4RkNIKON2995d ago

I am all for 3D gaming if I don't have to buy a new TV. Hell, I would spend $150 on glasses if they worked on my current HDTV rather than dropping $3,000 on a new TV that will be obsolete in 3 years with new 3D tech that doesn't require glasses.

taz80802995d ago

That is the big problem right now for consoles, the fact that people will require new TVs. At east PC setups can get by with what they have and just acquire 3D kits. The glasses and emitter aren't that terrible to purchase but an entire new TV is excessive. 3D will continue to evolve, just look at the cameras that already allow you to take 3D pics like Fuji.

ssean2272995d ago

Actually you do need to by a 3d capable monitor for 3d on the pc one thats 120Hz plus the kit. But its still not even close to the price of a 3d tv.

xXRight3yeXx2995d ago

I think 3D won't do it for me but since i never tried gaming in 3D, how do i know?

Anyway, 3D is better without having any at all right? You know what i mean...

HolyOrangeCows2995d ago

...High Definition a fad.

NEITHER one is a fad. They're technologies that aren't as widely accessible, but will be in the future.

FarEastOrient2995d ago

It is all up to the developers if they want to push the development of 3D. Sony has already provided resources for YouTube, Facebook, ScreenShot, Twitter, Flash, and Browser installed yet only a few games or applications even use some or none at all.

I'm still waiting to see how much resources will be used in making 3D enabled games since Avatar the game isn't using real standardized 3D coding.

nycredude2995d ago

Go to your local Sony Store and watch the Ps3 play full 1080p movies already that looks crazy good. You guys are hoping to hell Sony can't get it done but it is done already. They've been doing 3d on the Ps3 for over a year already. Get ready for it. 3d is coming to mainstream, either get on board or get out of the way.

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IG_DARKSA1NT2995d ago

I just wonder if they have jumped the gun on this?

iiprotocolii2995d ago

While 3D gaming is making its "introduction" this generation, I don't think that it's going to be as mainstream until next generation hardware is introduced, which will have superior hardware for developers to use rather than sacrifice current specifications in order to provide a "3D" experience.

DevastationEve2995d ago

Mainstream is a L O N G way away. Probably further along than you would like to think.

Nintendo has proven that gimmicky ideas can STILL thwart any sort of technological prowess other consoles will try to show off. And even with that, look at how Sony's similar attempt with sixaxis conversely failed.

There's no real demand for 3D TV. There IS interest, but not everyone is going to like the idea that it's more equipment to buy. Just like controllers, memory cards, batteries, cables, and all the other piles of junk we already have under our couch cushions.

Pennywise2995d ago

Ugh... Who ever said this? I have never heard this until I read this article.

the general understanding is that games will be patched if they can... That's why the last year of XXX game getting patched for 3D has been in our daily news.

Ninferno2995d ago

too bad that wont be here in full force until... forever

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