Sony To Push 3D For PS3 By March 2011

By Ishaan . November 19, 2009 . 8:25am


“We see 3D as a pillar of our strategy,” said Hiroshi Yoshioka, a senior Sony executive during a briefing at the firm’s headquarters at Shinagawa, Tokyo.


At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, Sony demonstrated their 3D technology with WipEout HD, which involved putting on a pair of black glasses. Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Kaz Hirai confirmed at the briefing in Tokyo that this 3D functionality would be introduced to all existing PS3s via a firmware update and also made mention of the special lenses that were used to demonstrate the effect.


A summary of the briefing sent out by Sony states that the company plans to introduce 3D functionality for TVs, blu-ray players / recorders and the Playstation 3 in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. Remastered Shadow of the Colossus for PSN in 3D, anyone?


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  • “Remastered Shadow of the Colossus for PSN in 3D, anyone?”

    ****CARDIAC ARREST****

    *breaths* omg i *breaths*cant wait for *breaths* this

    • Yeah, I know. I was just joking. Considering the glasses they use for the newer TV’s I was talking about are similar to lenses. But, could you imagine if these glasses were like the “Sega-3D-Goggles” tied to your head? Pretty soon these LED TV’s are going to come and go, too. Tech is moving semi-fast.

      • is like fashion! oh noes! xD

      • Chow

        I remember the SegaScope 3-D Glasses. At the time, I didn’t realize that it used alternating opaque screens in the eyes, thanks to the popular image of red/green 3D anaglyph glasses back in the ’80s (and coupled with the fact that I was a kid back then).

  • There are already insane prototype TV’s coming in the near future that are similar to the 3D experience. While I’d welcome things like this as a side pillar, I hope they don’t try to use this to spearhead their company in the future. 3D is fun and all, but I have a feeling people will be projectile vomiting with these glasses a la Virtual Boy after enough exposure. >_>

    And what’s up with the evil looking regime lined up there?

    • MisterNiwa

      This is the council of the five fericous archfiends of apocalypse. :D

    • havent u seen any of the last 3Ds movies? is not like before where u get dizzy, if game could look like them, it would be nice

  • Chow

    I forget what was needed to make the Sony PS3 3D possible. Was it that you needed 120hz HDTVs in order to use it, or do you need to get another kind of TV now?

  • Ereek

    I’m not ready for this yet. I still enjoy my games with 8 and 16 bit graphics without a problem. Gaming technology is increasing at an incredibly fast speed and I feel like I can’t keep up with it.

  • kupomogli

    It’ll be nice that they’re including it as a firmware update to preexisting PS3 systems, but I hope they have an option to turn 3d on or off. Because what if someone doesn’t want to use it and it shows distortion or something similar in the image because it’s on?

  • Tokyo Guy

    Hmm…I certainly hope this isn’t a last-minute misstep for Sony. 2011? Seems like by then there will be talk of the Playstation 4, if not an actual release date. Are we actually to believe the company won’t be releasing a new platform in the next 3 years?

    To me, this device seems like the same kind of idiocy that ushered in the PS2 HDD. Sure it was a great option and made a lot of sense, but as the device was not sold WITH the console initially, that meant an extra purchase for everyone that already had it. So why would developers make software for only a small consumer base? They didn’t and thus the PS2 HDD was, as we all know, basically a huge failure for Sony. I really see this 3-D “wand” as a second coming, but hopefully it won’t be.

    • Aoshi00

      argh.. you just reminded me of the PS2 network adapter and HDD I specifically got for FFXI, played the game for ~2 months, got no time and tired of the monthly fees, and never touched those bricks again :(… I dunno, somehow I’m hoping better for the wand. RE5 can’t be the only game to use that right?

      • Tokyo Guy

        Oh right, I totally forgot about the Network Adapter. All the garbage Sony put forth about it changing the face of gaming and whatnot. (It did, just coming from Microsoft). Yeah, I got FFXI as well and think I’m still paying for it despite not logging on in like 6 years.

        As for RE5, it seems the game is going to be FORWARDS compatible with the wand; I actually thought there was some kind of timing issue so that they both released at the same time, and yet now it seems there will be some kind of patch or something for said magician’s instrument when it comes out. From my whole conception of RE5DC from the TGS this year, it seemed like Sony was trying to push that game as a major milestone, yet now it seems the two aren’t even in the same release quarter.

        I’m sure that there will be a number of games that make use of the wand, but seriously, will it be any different than Sony’s Eye-Toy (or whatever it’s called)? Sure there will be some gimmicky software that makes use of it, but the company is attempting to Wii-ify the the PS3 almost half-a-decade years after its release. That kind of major change just won’t work if history is any guide. It’s not like the Dual Shock, wherein the implementation was rather simple. This is kind of like forcing developers to redesign their entire game. On that note, IS there an actual difference between the Wiimote and this Sony wand?

        BTW I don’t want it to seem like I’m “yelling” at you, these are general comments, primarily directed at Sony. How the company thinks it will turn profitable next year, especially in the game division, is a total mystery.

        • kupomogli

          The PS3 wand is like the Wii Motion plus. Instead of being guided by infrared it’s actually based on exact location(through the use of the eye toy.)

          • Tokyo Guy

            Oh well it’s good to hear that the device will be more precision-oriented than the normal Wiimote. But still, it seems like the games themselves will be quite similar, no?

          • Tokyo Guy

            OOPS!!!! I totally goofed on this one; I misread the article and assumed it was referring to the motion sensing wand! Sorry, my comments have nothing to do with the 3-D issue.

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