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PS3 Already Set For True 3D Viewing

True 3D gaming and movie-viewing is right around the corner and although you PS3 owners still need a TV that can handle this advanced technology, you've already got the correct Blu-Ray player.

According to CVG, the Blu-Ray Disc Association has confirmed that as far as 3D is concerned, the PlayStation 3 is ready to go. It's already capable of playing two full 1080p streams - one per eye - and this should allow the PS3 to be the lead Blu-Ray platform for 3D viewing, be it games or movies. Said BDA boss Victor Matsuda:

"Throughout this year, movie goers have shown an overwhelming preference for 3-D when presented with the option to see a theatrical release. In 2009 we saw Blu-ray firmly establish itself as the most rapidly adopted packaged media format ever introduced. We think the broad and rapid acceptance Blu-ray Disc already enjoys with consumers will be a factor in accelerating the uptake of 3-D in the home."

On the flip side, all the non-gamers who purchased a standalone BD player might be a touch annoyed, as it has also been confirmed that not all players are automatically 3D-ready. So we've already got a head start on this fancy new technology that will bring video worlds to life before our very eyes, and that's just another bonus attributed to Sony's machine. Not that I particularly care about playing Avatar in 3D...but I might want to see the movie in 3D.

12/17/2009 10:18:50 AM Ben Dutka

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Troy Powers
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:37:04 AM
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Sweet. I've had my HDTV since Black Friday 2007. So, I think by the same time 2010, I should be ready to upgrade to 3DTV. Yes.

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geovanwitdakick
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:40:47 AM
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the PS3 always has a leg up on the competition.

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Doosharm
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:47:10 AM
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While I'm not particularly interested in 3D gaming, it is nice to know that I'll have the option.

I bought my PS3 shortly after launch and thus paid full price for it, but after seeing how many features this thing actually has, and how many more are coming... I almost feel like I've ripped Sony off.

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photo K
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:24:27 AM
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yeah how much do 3D capable tvs cost right now? I haven't seen any that I'm aware of. I really liek the Samsung LED tvs but I'm holding out because of the 3D revolution.

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Orvisman
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:28:36 AM

I think all you need is a TV capable of a minimum 120hz refresh rate.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:53:56 PM

Yes, a 120Hz panel is needed but so is special new video processing hardware for the two 1080p video streams needed and synchronization for the active shutter glasses. Just having a 120Hz TV isn't enough sadly.

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Gone
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:09:35 PM

@TheHighlander

Rad Racer tried to do 3-D, but TVs and Nintendo weren't designed for 3-D and this was early 1980's. I guess this game was able to do this because it had some kind of special chip in the cartridge.

It's amazing how Sony can pull all these tricks out of their magic box (PS3) with a simple firmware update.

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Orvisman
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 9:53:11 AM

I know you need the shutter glasses. I thought that was a given, but wouldn't Sony's PS3 firmware update allow TVs with a minimum 120hz to run 3D anyway?

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Highlander
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 9:55:05 AM

Only if the video processor in the TV can handle the data feed for it, and only if the shutter synchronization is managed properly. If the shutters are not properly synchronized, not only is the 3D illusion ruined but the flicker on the picture is bad enough to cause people sensitive to such things to have issues.

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Imagi
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 3:15:41 PM

Some 120hz TV's will never show 3D content due to the processing the TV does to the input feed for 120hz, so don't go out blankly searching for a 120hz TV and think you are all set, could be an expensive mistake.

We still do not know what 3D technology Sony has planned, as far as I know it will NOT involve shutter glasses, which makes me feel it will be some form of polarized pixel technology.

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Highlander
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 5:13:44 PM

@Imagi

As far as I can find out, Sony is using active shutter glasses for it's 3D technology. The other leading technology involves polarizing the pixels and that's not ready for the home yet, although it's the way it's done in the cinema. the only other techs are the colored glasses and relatively experimental technologies that use no glasses, but have very limited viewing angles. The only other technology I've seen involves a circular reflective plate that spins and has the picture projected on it to simulate a holographic 3D projection, but that's absolutely not ready for primetime.

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Imagi
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 7:35:36 PM

I heard that Sony are working on a 3D system that required no cables or power, AFAIK all shutter glasses technology requires some form of power. Hopefully Sony is to unveil it in 2010, maybe C.E.S, not sure what the source was now.

This is most likely something that is tied into the TV and not the PS3, so shutter glasses should work with a TV and PS3 for those sets that make use of it.

Either way home 3D technology is still at the very early stages with no standard as yet to speak of, although shutter glasses work I am not keen on them, and am in no rush to run out and buy a system that makes use of it. Long period's of use are not comfortable, though it is a few years since I have played any games using them, would like to think things have moved on since them.

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Highlander
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 2:04:23 AM

@Imagi,

Yeah, can you imagine a room of folks watching a movie and the sync for the shutters fails. How bad does a room smell when five people simultaneously blow chunks?

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Imagi
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 6:18:12 AM

lol, bag'sy the back seat. Brings a new meaning to not a dry eye in the house.

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Imagi
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 6:54:07 PM

@ Highlander

Just so you know, It is not me thumbing you down. Am sure there are just some 'tards that just do it for sake of it.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:38:29 AM
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My Mitsubishi HDTV is 3D ready. I am excited about the possiblities of 3D gaming and movie watching!

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:41:24 AM
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I know three friends who have abandoned their Xbox's and bought a Slim this week alone. All it took was a MGS4 demo and the 3D/blue Ray news. Seriously if Blue Ray is what's going to lead the way for 3D gaming and movie watching, what's MS left to do?

The three friends didn't just buy a PS3 in addition to their Xbox, they cancelled LIVE and sold all their hardware and games.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:18:38 PM

i think microsoft has no choice but to license blue-ray. my boss asked me should he get a ps3 or xbox and like 4 xbots fought against me saying how xbox was better. i explain the difference in a non- biased way and all they got pissed off and started saying blue ray is stupid xbox has better on-line service blah blah blah. every time i run into an xbot they're very very hostile. long story short i convinced my boss to get a ps3.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:31:07 PM

How can MS License Blue Ray with out getting the ok from Sony and the rest of the Blue Ray Disc Association which also includes Apple?

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 12:57:57 PM

they're just going to have to tuck their tails between their legs. cause next generation dual layer dvd's are not going to fly.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:08:33 PM

True. They shot them selves in the foot eh? Backing HD DVD.

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:30:49 PM

You're forgetting microsofts big ol bag o money. I for one hope that licensing bluray would take a big chunk out of that damn bag.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:50:43 PM

Sony doesn't own BluRay, it's an open consortium. MS can get a license just like any other CE manufacturer. Sony would have nothing to do with it, nor could they set a high rate to penalize Microsoft.

That's one of the things that people forget about BluRay. Sony may be the leading partner, especially in terms of their investment in hardware in the market, but as far as the technology and it's licensing goes, they are just one of a number of partners.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:54:39 PM

Sony letting M$ have rights to blu-ray is one thing... but another is they have nothing left! Even when the next-gen somes what will they do? Dual layer discs wont be enough in gaming anymore! And as far as upconverters go, gimme a break! Its the worst hd picture ive ever seen! might as well be watching a tube t.v. ;)

anyways M$ has a ton of money and im sure something will come about which is exciting for gaming but this will be a problem for a very long time for them!

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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:01:52 PM

highlander-

From what i heard, and correct me if im wrong, is Sony was developing what we know as HDTV and were going to call it Blu-Ray with the help of others, before the hdtv evolution started. The other companies got a leg up and started producing HDTV obviously well before Blu-Ray hit the floor. I dont know all about it but thats what i heard, and that sounds like Sony has it well established.

The only thing Pioneer was involved in were two projects Sony was working on which was DVR Blue and i forget the other Which yes would become the Blu-Ray disc which obviously is a big thing ;). I refer to pioneer because u had posted a comment down the line and they were involved. But to get technical Blu-Ray disc WAS developed by the Blu-Ray disc association. which are these companies, who are the rightful founders-

Sony Corporation
20th Century Fox
Pioneer and more than a few others like Dell and Samsung.


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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:24:08 PM

i must correct this last post if i may, or atleast make it more clear.

Dell was not an original founder nor was 20th century FOX, of Blu-Ray but did become a part of the association later. Why i put " who are the rightful founders-" I have no idea because i already posted a list lol. There are currently 20 companies that are a part of the association, which derived from the original 9 founders, which Sony Corporation was part of!

Sorry guys!

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:24:24 PM

From my understanding in order to license blue Ray you have to join the BDA which doesn't seem likely for MS since Sony is one of the leading founders ad developers of Blue Ray tech. And no one claimed Sony owned Blue Ray.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:28:56 PM

I'm not sure that a manufacturer has to actually join the BDA, they simply have to take a license which has a standard fee. It's not that pricey since there are many far east (ie Chinese) companies with razor thin margins that are beginning to move on BluRay.

Regarding the development of HD home video.

Toshiba developed HD-DVD but were originally part of the industry wide effort to define a standard for an HD video disc. Sony, Pioneer and others (most of the CE industry minus Toshiba) worked on BluRay and invited Toshiba to join, but they didn't want to share, so they went off and did HD-DVD thinking that they could simply extend the DVD format. Just before HD-DVD and BluRay became available, there was an effort to bring Toshiba back on board with everyone else. However Toshiba wanted to make significant changes to the specification that the others involved were not in favor of. So Toshiba went with HD-DVD and the rest of the entire CE industry went BluRay. Toshiba was the only HD-DVD manufacturer for the majority of the life of HD-DVD, LG and a couple of other Korean makers licensed the tech quite late in the game, but by then BluRay was too well established. Microsoft had the option of including HD-DVD in the Xbox 360 rather than DVD and declined.

It's interesting that people generally think BluRay is proprietary Sony technology, when it's not, and generally speaking people used to think that HD-DVD was somehow open, even though Toshiba was sole owner and maker of HD-DVD for most of it's life.

Another fun factoid is that every BluRay player sold generates a license fee (a very small fee) for Microsoft because some of the video compression used uses techniques that Microsoft patented.

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sunspider13
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:30:09 PM

@Highlander
Good God man I love reading your posts, you're a fountain of good information.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:31:49 PM

How do you know all this stuff Highlander? Ha

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:44:02 PM

Also, the competition between 360 and PS3 hasn't stopped M$ and Sony from collaborating when it comes to Vaio laptops (they even share a commercial), so I don't see it stopping M$ from joining the BD consortium.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:43:52 PM

Fane1024-
in the laptop world theres a difference between the software and hardware aspect, the hardware uses that software. Where in the console battle both are producing hardware which puts them in direct competition.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:13:12 PM

yea bigrailer is right. they really aren't comparable. Besides that, Sony has made PC's for a while now. Unless they create their own software like Apple they have no choice but to use Windows.

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frylock25
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:54:39 AM
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to all the people that bought stand alone players and it doesnt work with this: screw you, you should have bought a PS3!

Sony invents the drive and disc for the PS3, continues to innovate with the tech through the internet and does it all for free. yet you went out and bought a damn knock off. i never want to hear from any moron that bought a stand alone and is upset about it not doing something.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:51:52 PM

That's a bit unfair.

Besides, Pioneer had a lot to do with the work on BluRay too you know, it's not exclusive to Sony.

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frylock25
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:43:10 PM

it is a bit unfair but they should have bought a ps3.

what other blueray player does anywhere near as much?

anyway i know it wasnt all sony and sony doesnt own it. i just love the ps3 ha ha

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:29:55 PM
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All I can say is:

Sony PlayStation 3 - It only does everything...

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:34:20 PM

hahaha, even stuff we dont know about yet..... next thing they'll tell me is that it'll be able to let you play MMOs like in .hack. You know, actually transport you to an online world with just the goggles but without controller use. controlling characters with your thoughts, playstation 3 is future proof.

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jerocarson
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:45:02 PM
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Who needs backward compatibility when the PS3 is forward compatible???

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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:58:50 PM

i would use a PS2! ;)

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Streets_74
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:03:37 PM
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As exciting as this 3-D gaming stuff sounds I'll have to pass because it requires vision in both eyes which I no longer have the use of due to an incident when I was fourteen.

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JcBball717
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:26:48 PM

sucks

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JcBball717
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:27:26 PM

haha jk, sorry dude

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jerocarson
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:49:25 PM

Holy RAM! sorry to hear!

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BikerSaint
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:36:46 PM
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"It only does everything....PLUS"!

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buckoboy1
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:40:37 PM
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this will be so awesome, could you imagine like when your playing cod6 a guy melee's you and it will be right in your face, wooo

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randomname
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:52:19 PM
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I don't think this will be what they are expecting. Requires a new TV which are $1500+. Hell, I have yet to buy a good HDTV not those $300 ones.

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tes37
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:05:17 PM

I just recently bought a 32'' samsung for my daughter for $379. It's only 60 hz, but if you're not interested in 3D it's a great deal. The only beef I have with a samsung is the amount of noise in standard definition images, which is not that big of a deal actually. It's HD image quality is up there with the best that's available.

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Victor321
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:16:41 PM
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It Only Does Everything, hasn't anyone learn this yet ;)?

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:31:00 PM

IODE - a new acronym for the PS3?

PS3 - IODE.

I - it
O - only
D - do...you get the idea.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:48:53 PM
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I just read a seriously, head shakingly, biased story at FT.com. Basically the story goes that Final Fantasy is Sony's last chance because...the FT.com folks know nothing about games?

Anyway, here is the link.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/562d0750-eb36-11de-bc99-00144feab49a.html

It still amazes me that some in the mainstream media continue to be so openly biased and just plain wrong.


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DGo8
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:59:10 PM
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Cant beleav people still saying that about PS3 & Sony....

It Only Does Everything...including...slaping all tha haters in tha face & proving them wrong.

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LittleBigMidget
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:55:59 PM
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It only does everything eh? I'm not even gonna go into details on whats missing

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Banky A
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:29:36 PM

Heaps?

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Banky A
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:29:20 PM
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Tehe.

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just2skillf00l
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 11:53:13 PM
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I love sony because they're not in your face. They're not blatantly trying to make their competition look bad; they let the products they expose to the market and the public do all the talking. Even their new slogan for the PS3; it only does everything. It's completely a contradicting statement yet obviously a sarcastic one as well. Even when looking at their commercials, they don't give away all of the features of the PS3 and shove them in your face. They always implement their features through jokes and such without really forcing anything on the audience. They are better than they play their cards is what I'm trying to say.

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___________
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:37:04 AM
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i really hope they find out some way to make it possible to use older TVs to get the 3D effect.
our TV downstairs is on its way out, so hopefully sony hurry the %$#@ up and gets 3D TVs out before it goes, and maybe if there not too expensive ill buy one to replace that one.
but theres no way in hell its going to last another year.
this along with motion controls are just a gimmick, they will ware off quickly.

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kiwami_nemesis
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 11:43:43 AM
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search Philips 3D TV - 3D WOWvx Display

is a 3dtv that doesn't require glasses

i recently saw a video of graturismo 5 played on 3D 1080p. i gotta say i was buying a 47" or 55" led tv but I'm going to wait until next year. the more kaz delays GT5 the more i'll wait to purchase a new tv hopefully i can buy an affordable 3DTV ready by then.

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DeathOfChaos
Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 3:41:18 PM

Isn't it already outselling?

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YoMega
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 11:01:34 AM
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You know, I hate the "It only does everything" saying. It doesn't do everything, it would need backwards compatibility for that. I have the 60 GB Launch model that has it, and I love it. But you can't sit there and say it does everything when you take out a feature I'm sure some of us would love to keep. Just my two cents.

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DeathOfChaos
Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 3:39:23 PM
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I don't really care about 3D movies and games all that much, but if I ever spark an interest for it, it's great to know that I've got a system that will handle that. Just another middle finger towards the XBox, lol. I'm so glad I'm a Playstation fan, otherwise I would have to be one of the XBox fans that say 3D movies and gaming is stupid and useless because an XBox can't do it, lol.

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Crabba
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 6:30:13 PM
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I don't see myself buying a new 3d capable display in the near future, but there's no denying that 3D IS the future, both in gaming and movies so it's great that Sony and the PS3 is ahead of the curve on this.

REAL 3-D gaming could become THE defining difference between the PS3 and 360 in the coming years once 3-d enabled TV's become available!

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Sumner K
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 6:49:35 PM
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maxpontiac

I too recently purchased a Mitsubishi 3D Ready DLP.

randomname

Mine's a 65" and cost 1 cent under $1k.

Haven't had a chance to try my "3D Vision" shutter glasses on it yet but by all accounts it rocks. If you've seen Avatar in 3D, I can say "3D Vision" is equal to it in 3D quality. Maybe even a little more pronounced since Cameron dialed back the 3D effect somewhat in the movie.

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