We’ve seen a veritable boom in cinema goers opting for the “3D experience” and popping on the cereal box spectacles in recent months we’ve read reports such as Toshiba trying it’s hand with glasses-free 3DTV and Sky launching their on 3D channel as well as their world premier of Avatar 3D this coming Christmas Eve.
As well as this we have the launch date moving ever closer for early next year for Nintendo’s glasses-free 3DS, many analysts saying it’ll be next year and the year after that people will be buying one of the many available 3D television sets. Earlier in the year, Sony released a package of arcade games on the PlayStation Network (PSN) to showcase the PS3′s newly acquired 3D capabilities. It will be in 2011 that we’ll begin to see a large rise in the number of 3D games available for the console let alone what is available at the moment.
And this is all just the tip of the very big iceberg…
What may seem surprising, is that a poll taken just a few months ago over in the US indicated that only a staggeringly low 10 percent of those asked about their interest in 3DTV displays, said they would actually buy a 3D television set in 2011. What’s more is that when only taking into account the North American territories, just 3 percent of those polled will buy one next year.
Many people have complained about the cost of the sets available at present as well as the need to wear glasses for their viewing time and the fact that if friends come over, whose going to be buying the extra pairs? You going to be charging your mates a entrance fee into your own home?? They may as well go to the cinema instead.
Don’t get me wrong though… I’m all for 3DTV but right now it just doesn’t seem to be a viable investment of my hard-earned cash. It’ll be interesting to see how the new market takes hold over the coming year.
With the PS3 in particular, trying to push 3D gaming… Will it be worth the PS4 arriving with 3D capabilities as well if no one really cares for it? With games the likes of Gran Turismo 5, Call of Duty: Black Ops already in our homes and Killzone 3 all of which support or will be supporting 3D – Will this turn 3D around from not being a fad but to a must have feature for the next generation of consoles?
Let us know what you think.