Hands-on with PlayStation 3D: Gimmick or game-changer?

Chris Jager of GGG writes: "Last week, we checked out Sony's first batch of 3D games for the PlayStation 3 — namely, Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Pain.

With oversized 3D glasses perched atop our noses, we ran through each game in their 2D and 3D iterations. We also roped one of our non-gaming pals into the office to give us a “man-on-the-street” perspective.

Read on to find out how each game played...

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csimpson2880d ago

3D is an absolute gimmick! Plus the games the PS3 is debuting with are absolute rubbish.

grumpysmurf2880d ago

I wouldn't call Super Stardust, Wipeout or Motorstorm 2 rubbish, but the 3D does seem to be a bit underwhelming.

Johnny_Bravo2880d ago

Gimmick, no one wants to sit there playing a game for hours wearing a pair of glasses if they don't need to. Until they lose the glasses, its nothing but a gimmick.

Lou-Cipher2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

How long do you think you can play any Kinect game? You know, those games that require you to constantly stand up and wave your hands/arms/torso/legs/@ss around like a wild monkey.

Comfort is extremly valuable when it comes to playing Video Games, and if 3D becomes uncomfotable, then just turn it back to normal mode, but when Kinect becomes uncomfotable you just have to deal with something you want no part of anymore. The Eye toy failed because of that reason, and that is why Kinect is going to fail shortly after it launches.

I think 3D adds value to PS3 games. I wont be using 3D mode that much, but when I want it, it will be nice to have it.

In 3 to 4 years you wont be able to buy non 3D TV, so I see no reason not to add it for the people that want it.

MotorStorm is what impressed me with 3D, but as a big MotorStorm fan who likes to play for hours at a time, I dont know how long my poor eyes can handle it.

Im buying a 3D tv in November for GT5, but I dont see myself having a 20+ hour 3D gaming session.

NecrumSlavery2880d ago

I admit I am not fan of the glasses, but they don't bother me at all. However I got to demo 3D games at Brst Buy and I have to say WOW! 3D is not a gimmick at all, it may be early in it's lifespan(current 3D tech I mean) but it looks to improve. The depth was amazing, but during motor storm, all that crap flying in you face like dirt and tree branches kept making me flinch. That's immersive as hell, and I can't wait to play Killzone 3 in 3D. It's really impressive.

Venatus-Deus2879d ago (Edited 2879d ago )

A 3D TV is just a TV and in 12 months all new TV’s will have 3D as standard. In 2 years the prices will be the same. At that point it’s just another optional or feature.

3 years ago I paid £1100 for a new 42in Samsung. You can now buy a much better 42in for less than £500.

It’s that same as CD’s, DVD’s and Blurays. History just repeats itself yet half the comments still think the whole of the electronics industry is just going to drop 3D because they feel it’s a gimmick.

LoVeRSaMa2879d ago

I have tried it myself at a Beta event, its like nothing I have tried before, makes games harder because your natural reactions hinder you.

Its bad but in a good way, I will be 3D gaming thats for sure.

Anon19742879d ago

Right from the article.

"Our verdict? Believe it or not, this latest craze to hit the gaming arena is more than just a gimmick."

So, let's see. We've got hoards of fanboys who've never played a 3d game in their lives claiming it's a gimmick and a site that's played all the current crop of 3D games saying it's not a gimmick, that it's completely worthwhile.

Who to believe?

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avengers19782879d ago

3D is just corporations attempting to remove more money from your wallet on crap you don't need, and isn't that great. Sure 3D is all the rage that the hype machines can mustar, but in the end it will fail just like it has repeatedly in the past.

milohighclub2879d ago

your opinion only counts if you've tried it

divideby02879d ago

didnt we hear the same with BlueRay...yawn..

I really do not think many here have ever been to a 3D movie based upon some comments.

saying 3D line is unimpressive (and I tend to agree). what can you possible say for the Kinet. lineup....lmao.. talk about underwhelming

milohighclub2879d ago (Edited 2879d ago )

how would you know you've never played ps3 3d....


you forget your wearing glasses, especially when you see how awesome it is having bits of rock and sparks flying in your face.

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treylathikes2880d ago

As a non-glasses wearer in general, i can't see myself being able to enjoy a game while wearing a pair of those oversized abominations. I guess it might be cool for a quick burst of gaming, but that's about it. I'll wait till we can view 3D without the glasses.

BeaArthur2880d ago

Same here, call me when you don't have to wear the stupid glasses.

Wh15ky2879d ago (Edited 2879d ago )

I don't really see a problem with the glasses. I enjoy wearing polarised sunglasses when fishing and normal sunglasses when on holiday etc.

The more I think about wearing shutter glasses to play a game the more I like the idea, it may help to submerge you in the gaming experience even more and completely shut out everything else round about you.

I have tried Panasonics and Samsungs glasses, Samsungs were very comfortable but Panasonics felt a bit heavy across the bridge of my nose.

The Great Melon2879d ago (Edited 2879d ago )

Well as a glasses wearer I don't mind having two pair on if they fit well together. The glasses are not an issue to me as I have lived my whole life looking through lenses. Whether 3D is autosteroscopic or glasses based it makes no difference - I still wear glasses to see both.

Penno2880d ago

So what's the deal with Xbox 360? Are they doing a 3D firmware update too? Or does this stuff only work for Blu-ray?

Pandamobile2880d ago

It has nothing to do with Bluray. Some games are shipping with 3D on the 360, just like the PS3.

Penno2880d ago

Yeah, but the PS3 received a specific firmware update to make it work in 3D. To my knowledge, the Xbox 360 hasn't.

Also, MS isn't really saying much about 3D or releasing any Xbox Live 3D downloads.

OSU_Gamer2880d ago

Maybe that's a smart idea...they are letting Sony test the waters.

Microsoft Xbox 3602880d ago

The 360 can't do the 3D standards of today. The HDMI port on the 360 is primitive.

JustTheFactsMr2880d ago

It's not Blu-ray. It's HDMI.

Millions of 360's with component only can't participate at all. All PS3's can.

The rest of the 360's with HDMI 1.2 will be shut out of the stereoscopic 3D based on the HDMI 1.4 3D standard now appearing in the 3D TV's from Panasonic, Sony, Samsung etc.

That's why the PS3 had a free 3D firmware update and the 360 didn't. It's now part of the PS3 OS and integrates with the HDMI 1.4 protocols. The 360 never will. So no point in a 3D update to the firmware.

The 360 can only support a 3D game with custom support for every 3D TV on the market being added to every game since they don't support the HDMI 1.4 protocols. And every publisher will have to do that work on their own.

Also the lack of bandwidth of HDMI 1.2 further restricts the options even in that already restricted subset of 3D options. For example the PS3 can support pushing more pixels because it doesn't have the bandwidth limitations of HDMI 1.2 on the 360. The 360 pipe is too small to push the same amount of pixels as a pipe with twice the bandwidth found on the PS3.

So Pandamobiles "just like the PS3" comment isn't quite accurate.

The PS3 already has and will have a broader catalogue of game titles available in 3D.

And obviously the 360 doesn't do Blu-ray so PS3 will also support 3D 1080p movies.

Penno2880d ago

"And obviously the 360 doesn't do Blu-ray so PS3 will also support 3D 1080p movies."

Are you sure about that? The linked article claims that you still need a seperate 3D Blu-ray player to watch 3D movies.

coolfool2880d ago

That's because the 3D firmware update so far has only been for games. Sony is releasing another update later in the year that will allow the PS3 to support 3d movies as well.

The Great Melon2879d ago (Edited 2879d ago )

The Xbox 360 can theoretically do 3D also, but the bandwidth of the HDMI that the 360 uses is about half that of the PS3. So say there is a game that both the PS3 and 360 can render at 720p at 30 fps (for each eye). Now the PS3 can shove all that information to the TV, but the 360 can only do about half that even if it is capable of rendering the graphics. I don't actually know the real cut off limits (it's probably higher than 720p at 30 fps for each eye), but if the PS3 was pushing its HDMI bandwidth then the 360 can only do half of that.

grumpysmurf2880d ago

So to recap, Motorstorm looks cool but suffers from wonky wheels, Stardust is pretty but shallow, Wipeout is worse in 3D and PAIN is PAIN (i.e. - lame). Doesn't sound too great to be honest.

Hopefully the next batch of games will offer something better.

T9X692879d ago

I enjoyed PAIN thank you very much.

JustTheFactsMr2879d ago

Here is the more accurate recap for those that didn't actually read the article.

"Our verdict? Believe it or not, this latest craze to hit the gaming arena is more than just a gimmick. No, really.
While there are a few kinks that need ironing out, the extra layer of immersion that 3D provides is impossible to deny."

"we were acutely aware of the added depth the game throws at you. Trees and grass whip by in an alarmingly authentic manner, while the 3D crash cinematics are truly a sight to behold. "

"Well, after clocking on some quality time with Super Stardust HD in 3D, we can confidently attest to its brilliance."

"That said, PAIN is definitely more fun in 3D"

Wipeout was the only one they had trouble with due to it's warp speed gameplay.

milohighclub2879d ago

stardust and wipeout are the best out of the lot motorstorm has loads of ghosting and pain is shit

Wizziokid2880d ago

Not a game-changer yet, be a nice experience though but it will loose it's appeal imo.

Good to see sony pushing the tech though.

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