Microsoft will announce its 3D plan 'soon'

Blitz Game Studios co-founder Andrew Oliver says that Microsoft is readying and announcement relating to 3D display on the Xbox 360

"3D does take a bit of extra work," suggested Oliver, speaking at today's Westminster eForum event in London.

"Microsoft are going to be making an announcement about it at some point soon."

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Stryfeno23107d ago ShowReplies(10)
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GWAVE3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

Can the 360 even do 3D?

Not flaming, just asking. The hard-drive isn't standard. It has no high-def disk format. The processor is weak.

I guess it shows that 3D really must be important if Microsoft is willing to "me too!" on it. But how will it play high-def 3D content?

King Hippo3107d ago

But much like everything else about the 360, it too will be last gen (anaglyph red & blue).

koehler833107d ago

All 3D standards require HDMI, which is not standard in 360, so I really don't know.

AuToFiRE3107d ago

to be more specific, HDMI 1.4

the 360 has 1.2 (which cant be updated)
and the ps3 had 1.3 but with a firmware update brought it to 1.4

logikil3107d ago

It requires HDMI to actually do 3D, which simply means that systems that didn't have HDMI wont be able to do it. However the 360 has had HDMI for a while now. As for patching the PS3 to be HDMI 1.4, that's not possible. You can't patch an actual hardware change, and thats what HDMI 1.4 is, actual new hardware. It is however a misnomer that you need 1.4 to do 3D. 3D is possible with 1.3.

Notes that the PS3 will do 3d in 1080P though are incorrect. 1.3 doesn't have the bandwidth that is necessary to do this.

badz1493107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

if I'm not mistaken, HDMI 1.3 can't simply be updated to 1.4 with firmware updates! just as much as USB 2.0 can't to USB 3.0! they are both hardware related! it's just that Sony made it so 1.3 is capable of doing 3D although HDMI 1.4 would be best!

edit: logikill beats me to it

kneon3107d ago

HDMI 1.3 and 1.4 have the same data rate so it is in theory possible to upgrade via firmware. Whether the PS3 can be upgraded in this way is a different story, we don't know the answer to that one yet.

Vinster3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

not getting into the debate here but an excellent read about HDMI and 3d can be read here

TotalPS3Fanboy3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

That's why games like Killzone 3 will not be in 3D. Because the PS3 can not be updated to do 3D.

We must wait for PS4 to be able to do that. /s

darthv723106d ago

It is a matter of fancy software to go along with the hdmi connection and 3d capable tv. There is a company that demonstrated 3d on 360 a few years back.

They even had a beta program people signed up for but MS put a halt on them going through with it. Most likely because they were already working on their own form of 3d. That is just speculation but it did show that the 1.2 hdmi did work for 3d movies and games.

PS3 i believe is hdmi 1.3a/b and has features that are now standard in 1,4 but you cant make it 1.4 with a fw update. That would be like saying the new iphone os will make a 3g or 3gs version in an iphone 4. New features get unlocked but hardware is still limited by design.

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nygamer283107d ago

if MS say it will do it on the 360 at one point,thn it can happen,we jut gotta wait and see

D4RkNIKON3107d ago

Up for red and blue glasses? not me!

Scrooge McDuck3107d ago

i thought you need atleast hdmi 1.3 to do 3d and dont the 360 hdmi only support hdmi 1.2?

AuToFiRE3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

you need 1.4 for 3D through HDMI, 1.3 was able to be updated to 1.4, 1.2 cant be updated, sony definitely planned ahead

logikil3107d ago

You are not correct AutoFire. You need to do some research. A software patch wont magically change hardware. 1.3 cant transform to 1.4 by software. It is physically different hardware.

Microsoft Xbox 3603107d ago

Except the HDMI controller in the PS3 is future-proofed. 1.3 may not be upgradeable in other devices but Sony definitely did plan ahead on this.

AuToFiRE3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

what do you think updates actually are? firmware is a program inserted into hardware to allow it to communicate with the software, but firmware can only be upgraded to an extent due to the hardware, aka the xbox 360 and the HDMI 1.2, after HDMI 1.2 the hardware changed drastically and was unable to be upgraded, on the other hand, HDMI 1.3 (which the ps3 has) is not much different from 1.4, so 1.3 can be upgraded to 1.4 with a firmware update, of course the 1.3 updated to 1.4 wont be 'as' fast as a native 1.4 but it still adds the features and makes it work, especially with the ps3 where it can use the power of teh c3ll to compensate for any lack in power

and at all eventual disagrees - i got a piece of advice for you - im pretty sure you buy a really thick HDMI cable to and listen to the store clerks, the thicker the HDMI cable is doesnt matter, you are only getting ripped off, HDMI is a digital signal therefore you dont need a high impotence cable for a low impotence signal

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Parapraxis3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

"Digital Foundry vs. 3D Gaming
January 9th, 2010"

Yeah and almost every person who got to experience 3D gaming @ GDC were blown away. Your point?

freeblue3107d ago

as we speak, they will just cook up a fake nintendo head tracking "3D effects" using natal. they will advertise it that you odn't need glasses or special TVs, coming soon. of coruse you'll not see it until next gen. 360. but it will buy MS enough time for the next two years.

outrageous3107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

This has been mentioned before. M$ has an agreement with LG for a 3D 360 bundle that will release in Korea, and depending on how much interest 3D generates, may release in other areas. M$ doesn't see a long term interest in 3D. Of course Sony does and has gone all out to promote 3D.

To answer your question, the 360 has 3D capability built in. We may here about it at E3. The bundle goes on sale at the end of June. Deal was signed in early May. Like I said, OLD NEWS.

In regards to health effects and if they are real? Panasonic is going ful speed ahead in their push to sell ( very expensive ) 3dTv's and a spokesman had said that while viewing a 3D movie in one position is one thing, he doesn't think gaming is the right platform for the tech. It would be like riding a roller coaster for an hour. There will be many articles incoming on the dangers of prolonged exposure to 3D.

jjesso19933107d ago (Edited 3107d ago )

Not like ps3 can It dose not have HDMI 1.3 or higher the diffrence is the 360 hdmi dose not have the right amount bandwidth the only other way is to make a device like Nvida 3d the glasses sink the device all that would need then would be 120hz monitor.

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ChronoJoe3107d ago

Lol if a natal and 3D game were released, the additional resources these two consumed would leave whatever game it was trying to render looking like a Wii game.

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