Sony Keeping 3D Technology On PS3
So the 3DS has been announced - and handheld fans might be able to look forward to a true-blue successor to the PSP later this year - but as for 3D gaming on Sony's portable...don't hold your breath.
In speaking with IGN, SCEA Director of Hardware and Marketing John Koller said they're focusing on 3D for the PS3 right now. He's convinced that 3D gaming on a console is a more worthwhile endeavor and perhaps better suited to the market, what with high-definition gaming already entrenched. Said Koller:
"Our focus on 3D right now is on the console. There's a tremendous amount of opportunity on PlayStation 3 with 3D. The amount of interest in 3D from the retail side and game publishers is off the charts. We know we have a hit with 3D on PS3 and we're going to concentrate our efforts there."
As for the future of 3D gaming on handhelds, Koller questions if the arrival of the 3DS is going to be as big of a hit as Nintendo anticipates. He mentions an age group that some Nintendo fans might frown at (they routinely say it "isn't just for kids"), but nevertheless, here's the quote:
"I think it remains to be seen where Nintendo goes with 3D on a portable. Having been in the portable space for quite awhile, I think it's an interesting move but one I'd like to see where they go from a demographic standpoint. 8 and 9 year-olds playing 3D is a little bit of a stretch given where some of our research is right now."
The revolutionary aspect of 3D gaming is likely undeniable but one needs the proper platform for it to shine. In my eyes, I wouldn't care so much for 3D viewing on any handheld; it's the scope and size of 3D; the immersion perspective that makes it impressive. It's why it's best on a bigger screen...and therefore, it's not really the age that matters, but simply the view. At least, that's how I see it.
3/24/2010 12:32:16 PM Ben Dutka