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PS3 To Support 3D Gaming In 2009?

"Spread the word. 3D Gaming on console is coming and we license the tech." - Andrew Oliver, CTO of Blitz Games Studios

Those of us who grew up with the likes of Intellivision and Atari were downright fascinated when the industry made the leap to three dimensions. Of course, it wasn't true 3D (no need for silly glasses, here), but it was a grand revolutionary step in a new direction, and now, we may have a glimpse of the next significant step.

According to MTBS3D, it has been confirmed that Sony "fully intends" to support stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-Ray 3D on the PlayStation 3 in 2009. Blitz Games will assist in this new technology by offering their Blitz Tech Engine for use, and according to the site, the console support "will only need a bios upgrade to work." It's interesting to note that the PS3 may be the only machine capable of such an upgrade, which may or may not have a future impact on the market. Right now, this is clearly in the infancy stages, but considering the announcement includes the 2009 date, is it safe to assume that games using this new 3D technology are already in the works? And what will they be like? We're getting the feeling that this may have to start small; like an EyeToy type gimmick or something, before they can really pick up steam and release 3D blockbuster titles. Anything this new needs time to grow, and it also remains to be seen if the gaming community will embrace this technology. Some say it seems obvious that they should, but we're not so sure...

Either way, it's worth thinking about. Although the industry has taken gigantic strides in 30 years time, there are many more mountains to climb. Perhaps the road to greater immersion is the road to take, and we'll have to jump on board for another revolution. Who knows?

12/19/2008 Ben Dutka

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Qubex
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 10:48:13 AM
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It was just a matter of time!

Q!

"i aM HoMe"

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Shatterday
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 10:59:55 AM

Q I think this type of technology would work very nicely with our Home ideas. 3D touch menus would be neat.

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Qubex
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 11:06:14 PM

Yes, i think so too :)

Q!

"I aM HoME"

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iPwn_3G
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 10:55:16 AM
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I hope i doesnt JUST support stereoscopic screens because i would be out of luck, i just bought a new tv:(

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Zaben
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 11:30:08 AM
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Seems like a pretty strange concept but only because I don't know how it is going to work.

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djjake
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 11:31:10 AM
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this could be so freaking cool
imaging cod with bullets flying out the screen at you and so on

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shaydey77
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 11:55:37 AM

I realy like that idea!!Or the blood from RE5

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Fabi
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 11:58:11 AM
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I don't think anything big will come from it. It's been going on in the PC gaming world for a while now. And while I have read about it, I have yet to meet someone who has actually played a game with those glasses.

It's cool to know that the PS3 will have yet another function, but it's gonna be the same as the EyeToy games. PSN titles that hold your attention for 2 seconds.

My camera is so useless, it's not even connected to my PS3. I only use it when I wanna take blurry pics in LBP.

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Sentinel
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:44:42 PM

Fabi, I think you're probably right. That being said, I, for one, laud the innovation. You can't find the next horizon if you don't search.

Sentinel

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Cuetes
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 12:29:58 PM
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Ah, the seeds of virtual reality. Imagin the possibilities: Eye toy can do facial recognition, add in 3D gaming, and some sort of glove/ controller to take away hand held controls and you got some serious weight.

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Cuetes
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 12:36:10 PM
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"imagine" sorry about that

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:21:01 PM

Just so you know there is an edit button right above your post so next time you catch a typo you can simply change your original post.

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Joe_III
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:05:49 PM
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I would probably wait until stereoscopic tech gets to be a little better than it is currently...

Plus one would think that there would be a problem designing stereoscopic video for games. It takes a lot of time to program properly iirc...

It might work really good for a rail shooter, but I don't see any other kind of game actually being able to keep up and move and turn in a good way...

Better to wait for holodecks...

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www
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:20:25 PM
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IS IT HEALTHY?
playin games with sum glasses on........how will it feel like comin back to the real world,i mean after about 1 hour in a virtual world,how's the eyes going to adjust to the real world.........y'know it's like being in the sunlight 4 a long time n later into a dark room......u realize it takes time for the eyes to adjust.
I wonder if it's healthy.....

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 2:50:45 PM

I'm sure there are a lot of guys in lab coats who'll figure that out. So you've no need to worry

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Deleted User
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:24:29 PM
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This sounds promising. Were see how it goes.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:25:18 PM
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I'm curious will this require a "3D Ready" tv? My brand new 60in Mitsubishi has a plug for some 3D thinng. I don't know what it does though. I think that there are a bunch of ways that this could be awesome but they'll probably never happen quite the way we want. Like Joe said can programmers make the 3D keep up with a high intensity game like Call of Duty?

Could you imagine Bullet Time in the next Max Payne in 3D?

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 2:54:46 PM
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The base may be ready in 09 but it'll probably be a while before it's actually used in a way that'll spark real interest.
Duke Nukem Forever 3D sounds fun though.

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herukuti
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 9:07:47 PM
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some sony type edimensionals glasses like those for the pc would be nice; maybe a new output cable would be necessary

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MetalHead09
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 9:35:17 PM
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sounds like it would be awsome!! i cant wait to see what they come up with. i hope whatever they do its done right and not used as some crappy gimmick.

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herukuti
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 10:06:37 PM
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seems kinda hard to do after looking at some forums; like a crt is a must or a special 120hz refresh lcd.

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isaya85
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 12:18:34 AM
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I dont know about this it kinda got me thinking they are headed towards the casual crowd with this, I hope it work out the way they plan investing in new tech is risky


PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

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orangpelupa
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 12:18:36 AM
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[quote]"will only need a bios upgrade to work." It's interesting to note that the PS3 may be the only machine capable of such an upgrade[/quote]

what the...

Wii and Xbox 360 firmware (on bios and on dvd drive) also can be updated...

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BikerSaint
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 12:59:52 AM
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I sure hope we won't need 3D glasses for it, because I had bought a special pair of Splitfish'e "Eye FX3D" liquid crystal adapter glasses made for my PS2.

They were supposed to be especially great for Ace Combat 5, Bounty Hunter, Drop Ship, Half-Life, among a handfull of other games.

But I wasn't really impressed with them.
IMHO, my years-old cheap(as in "FREE"), lil red eye/blue eye paper "burger King" 3D shades worked just as well, & without any of the damned cords to distract my enjoyment even further.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 3:54:17 AM

If you don't want glasses, you'll need a new yet-to-be-announced probably $10K-$100K TV. Sure you don't just want <$100 glasses???

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 2:19:48 AM
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Last I checked the VirtualBoy didn't go over too well...

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ceedot
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 5:42:43 AM
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haha, stupid wired 360 controllers. Anyway, that would be awesome to feel like you're in the game even more.

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PS3_Wizard
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 8:33:47 AM
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1 giant step for mankind! 1 step closer to full virtual reality!

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PeacekeeperJedi
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 12:16:52 PM
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Hey, Cuetes. They tried the glove idea before.
Remember the Nentendo Power Glove? It was ok,
for some games. But over all, it was lame.
Besides, it really wasn't a one-size-fits-all
type thing. Still, if they were to come up with
that, plus some kind of ring or something that
someone could stand in, that would read their
every movement, then it would be great to get
into the game even more.

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dveisalive
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 3:27:56 AM
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WTF do I need virtual for, and some dam glasses that has to be so dumb. It is just fine how Ps3 handles 3d graphics what the technical thing or crazy thing is that PS3 can simulate a blackhole, well actually a cluster of PS3, there is the rumor that PS3 does or could handle 4d graphics, but the problem is that 4d is time outisde of an 3d world, for example... if you could see yourself live your life, by living outside of your body then you could be in 4d etc.. LMAOL! but Until we get those jetson TV's which are out right now for doctors that are hieroglyphic(that are 4d tv's) then we could make that step into virtual reality into 3d or whatever without the need of some shades that you were at the movies.

Last edited by dveisalive on 12/21/2008 3:28:51 AM

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Redevil987
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 1:18:01 PM
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I like the idea of 3D gaming, just imagine the potential. I suppose, it is one step closer to complete virtual reality.

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Banky A
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 3:04:11 PM

Yeah!.

Just imagine a Dead Space sequel with 3D, crazing shi* jumping out of your screen ready to rip of your face! - Or something like that, I still don't know how it'll work lulz.

:P

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OU812
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 3:11:38 PM
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ooohhh yaaaa,

120 hz refresh, 4-2 ms reponse, and a mil native contrast ratio (max blackness depth capabilities) should be way enough to support stereoscopic 3D. Im in gaming nirvana.

Dont get me wrong, ps3 is almost perfect gaming machine and veryyy safitied with it. And its right, that the internal flash bios is fully upgradable; just hoping for mininal errors or imcompatibilities issues.

Just my two pennies.

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Macintoshgamer
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 3:36:31 PM
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LOL WUT?

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OU812
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 4:33:21 PM
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sorry, just ranting current tv lcd specs to the possibliities to support true 3d gaming.

LOL - mybad

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seismictech
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 @ 1:33:39 PM
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this seems a bit gimmicky for some reason. didn't they have the solid eye for the psp and that didn't work too well?

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psxjunkhead85
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 @ 3:52:36 AM
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I can tell you right now that this is going to go big. Sony been working on this for quite some time so they know what they are doing.They probably already got 3D games ready to drop. Think about it, 3D gaming and 3D bluray movies right n the comfort of your home. I know a guy that has 3D on his computer and it is swweeeet. I tried it out n it was the best experience I every had, and this was after I played my ps3 360 and my wii. Big companies know what the next step is and its 3D thats why there getting all these entry level 3D ready tvs out. I see yall havent gave this any thought, just imagine watching football or basketball n 3D. Bluray movies n your house n 3D. Lol. They already ave some good looking games on the pc that is so spectacular n 3D i just wish yall experience wat I experience yall be saying the same thing. All sony have to do is secure this deal with them cuz trust me once this hits and believe me it will hit hard M$ and the big N will wanna follow suit. Sony really needs something like this, this will truly separate itself from the other two and once those people that already have them 3D ready tvs already, all sony have to do is make a good tv advertisement then its game over. As of matter of fact bout to call my friend and go over there right now this amazing news.

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 @ 1:59:17 PM

Yeah.

:P

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