October 19, 2011
Remember back during E3 when Sony announced a 3D Display set, because I sure as hell didn’t until today. Regardless, they’re they’re trying to make 3D accessible to everyone because 3D is awesome and everyone loves it to death. Note the sarcasm. Regardless, Sony is going to keep pushing it down our throats, so we might as well the details to the 5 people out there who are still interested in it.
On November 13th you can pick up the whole package, which consists of the 3D Display TV, one pair of 3D Glasses, MotorStorm Apocalypse Blu-ray game, and an HDMI cable, for $500, which is a really solid price. However, it’s a luxury that I don’t really care about, but if that’s your thing at least you now know you won’t be spending an arm and a leg on it. An extra pair of glasses, however, will cost you $70.
Why would you want an extra pair of glasses? I’m glad you ask. This is for what is probably the niftiest feature of the 3D Display, which is allowing two people to play the multiplayer features of a game on the same screen at full size. While one player sees every other frame being displayed, the second player will see the frames that the first player isn’t seeing. Sony calls it SimulView, and the games that will utilize it when the 3D Display comes out are MotorStorm Apocalypse, Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 3, and Super Stardust HD.
Listen, I know that I’ve bashed 3D, which is a feature some people enjoy, and I don’t mean to sound like a jerk. However, I’m tired of going to a movie and spending an extra $2 for a feature that I didn’t ask for, especially when I’m not given the option to see the movie in a non-3D format. The industry says it’s suppose to add to the immersion, but I find, more often than not, that it takes me out of the experience. I’ve only really seen 3D done well when it comes to animated movies. Even now, you can buy glasses that cancels out the 3D effect of movies. People are spending money to undo something that movies studios have spent thousands of dollars on.
So here we have Sony, pushing a feature that many have come to try and avoid. A feature that many, like me, have hoped will die out shortly. I’m not mad at Sony for doing this. I actually applaud their devotion to it. However, at the same time I feel bad for them. I feel as though they bet on a losing horse and just don’t know when to call it quits even (even though they aren’t betting as much now). For their sake I, hope I’m wrong. For my sake, I want 3D to be dead and over. I’m sure it goes without saying that I won’t be picking up this 3D Display, but if that’s your thing, then go right ahead. Sony is making it easy for you.