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Sony: 'A Lot' Of SCE Studios Working On Stereoscopic PS3 Games
Sony: 'A Lot' Of SCE Studios Working On Stereoscopic PS3 Games
March 16, 2010 | By Kris Graft

March 16, 2010 | By Kris Graft
More: Console/PC

Technology that portrays 2D images as 3D has been around since 1832 in some shape or form. Today, 3D appears to be back on the upswing in film and games, thanks to new technologies.

Sony is the game console maker putting the most emphasis on 3D. The company has been showing off sample 3D games at event such as this year's CES and most recently, last week's Game Developers Conference.

Sony has also said that it plans to update its PlayStation 3 with firmware that will enable 3D gaming. Ian Bickerstaff, senior engineer with Sony Computer Entertainment's UK-based stereoscopic 3D team, told Gamasutra during GDC that his company is "very optimistic" about 3D gaming on PS3, but "We're taking a cautious approach."

"I think [3D gaming uptake is] going to depend on the uptake of 3D televisions," he said. Sony is planning on releasing 3D-capable Bravia televisions this summer.

"We're not going to spend crazy, crazy amounts of money [on 3D games] expecting everyone tomorrow to have 3D TVs, clearly," said Bickerstaff. "But, we believe this is the future, and three or four years from now, you won't be able to buy a television that doesn't have a 3D capability."

PS3 games that Sony has shown running in 3D now include MLB 10: The Show, Super Stardust HD, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Wipeout HD and MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. With impending 3D support on PS3, there will be more, thanks to developers who are excited about the prospect of 3D gaming, Bickerstaff said.

Asked how many SCE studios are working on 3D PS3 games, Bickerstaff said, "It's all a bit confidential, but a lot, let's put it that way. We've been amazed by the enthusiasm from the developers."

He added, "To be honest, we have not had an internal project to throw at people to make their games in 3D, yet there are loads of games in 3D, like [MLB 10], Super Stardust HD -- that looks fantastic -- and so on. And that's really just because of the enthusiasm from the developers themselves."

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Sergio Bustamante II
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I saw the tech at GDC last week and was pretty impressed. While I don't think this sort of thing will save the industry, it will help better immerse players in 3D environments and could revitalize the push for innovation in a new area. Something that a lot of core gamers I think are hungry for.

3D is certainly here. Avatar and a whole host of other films are acclimating audiences, so it's no wonder it'll spill to tv and games. I really see an upside to the games side, so I hope this technology gets its fair shake. Stereoscopic vision might just be a first baby step to even better things to come.

Ning Wang
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@Christian: I don't think twice 3d processing is needed. It is more about translating from VRAM data to video signal.

Ian Uniacke
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Ever since the first stereoscopic images in 1832 people have been giving the same arguments that 3d is the future. It's still yet to happen and I still think it's a long way off happening. After all, surely we would all have 3d photos by now, as people predicted in 1832, right?

*taking my luddite hat off* ;)

Jonathan Gilmore
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The electronics industry needs to find a way to sucker people into buying new ten thousand dollar televisions. Apparently, 3D is that way.

Roberto Dillon
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"we believe this is the future, and three or four years from now, you won't be able to buy a television that doesn't have a 3D capability." and luckily they are cautious!!

Many people don't have / feel the need for HD-TV yet so hoping that everyone will buy 3D TVs in 4 years seems overly optimistic to me. Besides, people multitask while watching a movie at home, which will not be easy when wearing 3D glasses, as stated already by Jerry.

Like with Blu-Ray before, I still have the feeling Sony wants to force new technology on customers at a time when they still don't feel the need for it... some people never learn from their mistakes.

Chase Beadles
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I just don't understand why no one seems to be pushing head-tracking technology. It doesn't require any special kind of new television, you don't have to wear the stupid glasses, and in my opinion it is a much more interactive approach. Whereas the illusion only really works for one person at a time, I can see why it wouldn't be ideal for watching movies, but it would be perfect for gaming.

Ben Herman
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Next big 3D market? Serious glasses. Can you imagine buying a 3D TV and losing or scratching the current generation of uncomfortable 3D glasses or having 8 friends over to watch TV and only having 4 pairs of glasses.

I thought HD movies would be next instead it appears that 3D has saved the movie industry.

Home 3D TV's are coming and it will be very interesting seeing this category develop. For gamers it will be a good thing.