CES 2009: Sony Teases with High-Quality PlayStation 3 3D
We've heard from many of you that 3D technology is something you're interested in seeing at CES, and Sony has one of the most impressive displays of 3D at their booth... but you won't learn anything about it.
"Don't get caught up with specs," the Sony representative told me. "We're not going to talk about specifications. This is just a look at what 3D could look like if Sony decided to move in this direction."
The idea was just to show the technology to people, to see if they would be interested in sitting at home, wearing a dorky set of black glasses, watching content in 3D.
I couldn't pry details about how the 3D affect was achieved, or if the display could turn any source into 3D, but what's clear is that, glasses or no, the 3D affect is amazing. Sony showed off Wipeout HD running in true 3D, and I was ready to whip out my credit card right there. Frank and I both agreed, this was one of the best demos of 3D technology we have ever seen.
"3D has come a long way, hasn't it?" the representative asked me. Sure it has, but give me some details. We can't get excited if all the press gets is a short tech demo. The crowd around the display was large, and filled with "ooohs" and "aaaahs."
This probably won't be the last 3D display we see at CES, but as a proof of concept, our appetite is whetted. Sony claims that they have Gran Turismo Prologue playable on the display, but I just wanted to take one home. The company is hedging its bets about how long it will take to get this level of 3D into your home, but if this tiny taste was any indication, there is a ton of promise.
We're promised more 3D surprises from Sony's even larger press event tomorrow, so hopefully we'll get some more information.
More PlayStation 3 News...
As some one who bought Elsa Revelator glasses a long time ago for PC Gaming, I cant wait for this to happen on the PS3.
One of the problems for the pc was drivers, when NVidia released new drivers, the glasses stoped working while elsa got busy fixing their drivers.
That should end on the ps3 with standardisation. One thing that maybe depenedent on the technology is still a high frequency display. Back then you needed a 100hz monitor - minimum.
Now sony might be touting a new 3d display (they've been around for over a decade), I just hope they've brought the prices down, they used to be $2000+ just for a small 17" monitor.
The drawback to glasses, they look naff, but at $50 they are dirt cheap, 3D displays are still very expensive.
I just hope whatever decision Sony make, they realise the world is on recession, and gamers can't afford huge prices.