We have mentioned 3D recently a couple of times. The first time was speculating on the PS4 having 3D capabilities built in, and then shortly after news was announced that the PS3 should receive a firmware update to allow 3D to be used. With an update possibly arriving for the PS3 it is pretty certain that the PS4 will follow this same route right out of the gate. This speculation is also held up by the way the movie and TV industry is going with 3D.
At CES a few weeks back in Las Vegas, Sony were showing off some 3D demo’s of games. These games were not planned for being released, but were simply just demos (according to Sony) although if they were patched for CES then maybe updated versions will make it to the PS3 soon. The idea behind the 3D demos was to show what is possible with 3D and where things are going. IGN then went on to speculate that the PS4 when released will primarily be a 3D device capable of 3D games and 3D Blu-ray video. As 3D TV’s are making their way in to the market (some require polarised glasses, some require no glasses at all) I expect that in 3 or so years time that 3D TV’s will be more common place enough to justify a console focused on this technology.
But what about other content? Will every (or even just some) PS3 games get a 3D viewing option? Could a firmware update bring the content to everyone? Maybe, maybe not. But it seems to me that it’s likely that the PlayStation 4 will be built from the ground-up for 3D content, including Blu-ray discs for movies.
I think a mixture of 3D and head tracking could make for a very unique games console which could be enough to give it a slight edge over competition.
More over at IGN.