Is 3D already in trouble?

There are significant doubts about whether the success 3D has seen at cinemas can translate to the home.

For one, consumers have only just upgraded to HD, and it’s going to take something big to encourage adoption of another large, flatscreen TV – especially as 3D TVs currently cost over £1,000.

Another issue for 3D to overcome is the sheer number of people who can’t or shouldn’t view it. Both Nintendo and Sony have warned that young children should not view 3D because their eyes have yet to fully develop.

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knightdarkbox3043d ago (Edited 3043d ago )

Maybe I am missing something but doesn't 3D games mean that they have to render twice as much and won't that affect the framerate or detail in those games? Now considering hardly anyone on the planet even owns a 3D TV it just doesn't make much sense to make those games now.

If you look at KZ3 its look like crap.. and I really wonder how they will pull that off in 3D though.

dj555555553043d ago

Wow killzone 3 looks crap. I'm glad I read this because here was me believing the industry experts at e3. Thanks you saved me a lot of money

kornbeaner3043d ago

I really don't get the hype for 3D. I mean it bombed pretty bad in the 80's and I really don't see it succeeding this go around. Outside of Captain EO or a few other "Cool" amusement attractions its simply not worth it in the long run.

Mr Tretton3043d ago

3D today is not what it was in the 80's, or 70's. Not even close. It is way more sophisticated today.

Jdoki3043d ago

Someone has to push the boundaries. I don't see anything wrong with getting 3D in the home now.

The early adopters help pay for R&D and drive down manufacturing costs until a sweet spot on price/performance is found.

3D may not become really mainstream until PS4 / Next Xbox / Wii2 or maybe Wii 3 launch. But the 3DS will help build an appetite for 3D on a screen bigger than a handheld.

I love 3D in the cinema, but I won't jump in to 3D at home until the price falls - but the combination of motion control and 3D opens up some amazing gaming opportunities; and I would anticipate the next step after 3D / Motion Control to be proper haptic feedback.

cobraagent3043d ago (Edited 3043d ago )

Of course it is. I mean Avatar was a total disaster in the Boxoffice and Hollywood stopped supporting 3D. Sony, Samsung and Panasonic are even considering stopping the production of 3D
/s (In case you didn't understand the obvious sarcasm)

TommyGonk3043d ago

I've bought a 3D TV, you can get a 40in Samsung for £850 on Amazon, it doesn't just have 3D support though it's a high spec TV, Internet enabled, 200Hz screen, high contrast, PVR functionality by plugging in a cheap USB drive, HDMI control of the PS3, and more.

I had some LCD shutter glasses on a PC about 10-12 years ago, played games like HalfLife1 and King Pin in 3D, but you couldn't use the glasses for more than 5-10mins without getting a headache. The new 3D tech is much better, I've used the glasses playing 3D games on the PS3 for 1-1 1/2hrs at a time without any problems.

It's not just Sony who are pushing 3D, all big TV manufacturers have 3D TVs, there are 3D films, Sky 3D plus 3D games, there'll be a lot more content about in the near future. In the longer term I'd expect there to be TVs that don't require the glasses, but as with any new tech the prices will drop rapidly in the next 6-12 months. Even Sony have said they expect 3D to take time to become mainstream.

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