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Sony Confirms Free 3D Patches

Got your 3D HDTV yet? If so, you're probably waiting for when Sony starts "upgrading" some current games so they can be viewed in an extra dimension.

And the first four games to get this treatment have been confirmed: they are Wipeout HD, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, SuperStardust HD and PAIN. It's a modest offering at first but then again, we imagine very few gamers will have the means to immediately appreciate the offer. Even so, the good news is that such patches will be entirely free; all you need to do is download the patch from the PSN to turn the aforementioned from 2D into brilliant 3D. Not surprisingly, these are the same four games that are set to be part of Sony's first "launch model" 3D HDTV Bravia. However, one should bear in mind that games designed specifically for this new technology will likely fare better than those that are simply upgraded to 3D via patch; in the latter case, they often have to cut down on the game's original resolution and texture detailing so it will run properly in 3D. This is why we're waiting patiently for the very first true 3D experiences made with 3D in mind.

Sony has already said that "stereoscopic 3D is possibly going to be the biggest revolution in gaming for many years to come," which may or may not be accurate. We'll just have to wait and..."see."

5/21/2010 10:32:58 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Highlander
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:48:35 AM
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Free updates!? Cool. Now, where'd the $3000 for that nice new 3D 50-inch screen go?

o, seriously, I think this is a good move by Sony. They clearly want to use the PS3 as a driver for 3D TVs, just as they also use BluRay as a driver for the PS3, and HDTV as a driver for both BluRay and PS3. If you think about it, Sony has done a good job building products and standards that support each other. All that remains is for people to buy them.

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jaybiv
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 1:06:21 PM

It's Sony's only move if they are going to see a return on their investment in 3D technology. The PS3 has to be the driver. Network and cable television still have a way to go with regards to HD programming. So, it's going to be awhile before they migrate to 3D, if ever, making 3D a niche market until more free content is available to tv buyers.

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ro kurorai
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:48:38 AM
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At least the update is free. Still, don't think 3D will establish itself as the new gaming standard anytime soon. After all the required TVs are still very expensive and games supporting 3D are scarce.
Gonna be fun to see 3D gaming's development over the next few years.

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Highlander
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:20:52 AM

No, but I think it will become part of the 'tapestry' of gaming. That is, it will hang around in niche markets for a few years and gradually appear in more and more places. Next gen it will be a standard feature, but not a determining feature.

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Zemus101
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:23:48 AM

Reminds me of the PS2's online and hdd functionality. 3D will start now but next gen may become the standard.

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maxpontiac
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 12:49:54 PM
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About a year ago, I purchased a 65" Mits 1080p HDTV.

It supports "3D", but not this stereoscopic version.

Crap!

EDIT!!

Thank God Mitsubishi is coming through with an adaptor for this tech.

http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/3D.html

Awesome!!

Last edited by maxpontiac on 5/21/2010 12:55:30 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 1:34:54 PM
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I'll take a free 3D TV, otherwise...

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OPHIDIAN
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 4:12:55 PM
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Now all I need is an extra £2000 (about $3500) for a new Sony 3D TV!

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 9:21:47 PM
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I have feeling us consumers that will take us a while to get use to this 3-D stuff.

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Alienange
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 11:28:22 PM
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It's not just the money. I like gaming the way it is. 3D is yesterday's news.

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___________
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 12:47:38 AM
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you mean downgrading?
i did not pay 1000 bucks for my 60GB PS3 and another 600 for my slim so i can play my games in sub HD!!!

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kiyone00
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @ 8:30:07 PM

Late response on my part but lord, you paid 1000 bucks for your 60GB PS3? And another 600 for your slim? Not to sound silly or dumb but why did they cost so much? I've never seen them be so high in price(outside of eBay or something like that). I paid 600(plus tax of course) for the 60GB PS3.

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Fane1024
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 6:55:53 PM

______________ always forgets to say he's talking about AUD (Australian dollars), which is why the amounts are so much higher.

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startazz
Sunday, May 23, 2010 @ 1:33:35 PM
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I'm still on the fence about 3D gaming,i know it sounds good and might even look good but i just can't justify buying another TV weather it be a 3D HDTV or not as the TV i have now is the one i brought when i brought my launch day PS3 and there is nothing wrong with it,so i won't be buying any sort of TV until my current TV breaks down,the one i have now is good at what it does and is full HD and i'm more than happy with it but having said that i'd like a 3D TV but just not yet ;-)

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PaiNT_kinG
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 2:03:39 AM
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what,the update was originally gonna cost me money...................O_o

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