3D Gaming Is Yet To Mature: Sony
Sony, one of the giants in the world consumer electronics scene has announced their PlayStation 3 product along with all other consoles that they manufacture in future would support 3D features in them. They have however added a subtle “where appropriate” clause to that statement.
Sony has pioneered 3D into the gaming consoles with other makers like Nintendo with Microsoft coming in much later. The first product from Sony’s gaming console line up was the PlayStation 3 to have the 3d feature in it and games like Killzone 3, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Crysis 2 and Gran Turismo 5 all of which are in 3D.
The feature though available on the gadget is not quite as popular as Sony had initially thought it to be. Few users switch to the 3D model and the main reason being high cost of the 3D TVs. When compared to high definition TV sets, 3D TVs are few in spread.
To cater for this hurdle Sony did come out with a PlayStation specific 3D TV set which was priced at $399. The 24 inch set now costs in the range of $249 and $299 and is full HD as well as stereoscopic 3D capable.
That Sony has serious intentions and plans to this effect was made quite clear when Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO, Jim Ryan said, “I just think that it’s something that’s now moving into the mature phase. You only have so much time at these things, and there was an attempt at yesterday’s conference to make it shorter – which I thought was excellent. 3D was the new thing two years ago, it’s not the new thing anymore – it’s just part of the bedrock of content development and publishing.”
He however placed a word of caution in the minds of those who thought that the technology could be thrust upon people and it would be accepted thus. That the technology was to be applied only in that scenario where it would be appropriate is what he insisted.
So far as game content goes, he mentioned that with triple-A Playstation 3 exclusive games like the Last of Us and God of War: Ascension 3D gaming was set to go high places as people were waiting for them with earnest. Market analysts however are of the opinion that 3D gaming would only pick up in the correct sense after 3D TV prices come down.