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