3D gaming is finally coming whether you're ready for it or not. We're here to guide every type of 3D gamer, from the early adopter all the way to someone just trying to get their feet wet, to the stuff they're going to want to get this holiday season. 3D gaming could definitely be the way of the future, and, with the items in this guide, you'll be well on your way to total immersion in awesomeness yourself.
Glasses (sold separately)
When it comes to gaming, one of the most important things is having a clear and crisp image. With the Panasonic GT25, they've developed an application for their 3D glasses called Frame Sequential Technology. At a very basic level, what it does is send full-HD 1920X1080 images to each one of your eyes at 60 frames per second. This keeps things bright and detailed, perfect for gaming.
Not only that, but the TV actually features a special Game Mode that minimizes lag when displaying in-game images. And, for those of you that like longer gaming sessions, the TV has anti-image retention technology built in so you don't have to worry about any pictures getting burned into the screen.
Designed to display images in full 1080p, this Sony Bravia 3D TV makes every frame really pop. Gaming-wise, its Motionflow PRO 240Hz technology allows for crisp and fluid motion in even the fastest and most intense action scenes. It also has a Dynamic LED backlight, which helps produce amazing contrast for the best picture possible. Basically, if you're looking for gorgeous picture quality with enhanced colors, as well as 3D compatibility, this TV makes a great choice.
Featuring a 120Hz refresh rate and a gorgeous 1920x1080 resolution, this is the perfect monitor for 3D gaming. It comes ready with an NVIDIA 3D vision kit, including GeForce 3D Vision shutter glasses, to get you into the game as quickly as possible. The lenses in the glasses shutter on and off, alternating the frames that can be viewed by each eye and ultimately creating a very satisfying 3D effect. The screen itself is extremely vibrant due to its glossy finish, which also helps with glare issues more commonly seen in matte finish monitors. So, aside from being great for 3D, the monitor itself is one of the best looking options available right now.
NBA 2K11 (3D for PS3)
Currently available exclusively for the PS3, the 3D graphics in 2K Sports' NBA 2K11 are truly special. The added depth makes the game feel even more realistic. But what truly makes this game a great 3D title is the replay mode. Being able to really move around the characters to find the coolest pop-out-of-the-screen 3D angle is really fun and literally adds an extra layer to an already amazing basketball game.
Gran Turismo 5 (3D for PS3) $59.99
After so many delays the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 is finally here. With it comes a slew of new features, over 1,000 cars to drive, and a sleek 3D experience to top it all off. The best sense of depth comes from first person view, in which the effect makes you really feel like you're actually inside the car, especially if you have a steering wheel controller. Outside environments also look fantastic with 3D, and, as with other games, the floating HUD effect is pretty cool.
Just Cause 2 (3D for PC)
The best part of Just Cause 2 is all of the ridiculously awesome things you can do in the game. And having an extra layer of depth to make you feel like you're even more immersed in the action is breathtaking. From the huge explosions and wind flying past your face as you grapple, to the jeeps and helicopters surrounding you, the graphics and vast landscapes in Just Cause 2 are simply gorgeous and really take advantage of its PC 3D capabilities.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (3D for PC)
World of Warcraft has had 3D compatibility for quite some time, and is one of the few PC-exclusive games that truly shines with the technology. The extra sense of depth looks fantastic, and is especially apparent with certain spells and random particle effects. With World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the third expansion in the series, gamers from the most casual all the way to hardcore WoW diehards will be able to experience something visually stunning in this title in 3D, making for hours of fun.
Blur (3D for PC)
Racing games are fun, but Blur throws a new spin on things by taking the realism of a next gen racing game and throwing in Mario Kart-like power ups to really rev up the engine. Fight your way through various races, tutorial modes, challenges, and more, all in gorgeous 3D. The power ups look cool enough without the enhanced visuals, but in 3D, pegging your friends with huge exploding fireballs looks even more amazing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (3D for PS3, XBOX 360, PC)
Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of the first multiplatform 3D titles that truly takes advantage of the technology. Looking down the scope of a gun in Black Ops in 3D is quite incredible, making you feel like you're actually aiming down the sight at your target. On top of that, all of the textures really pop in 3D, helping you to feel totally immersed in the action. When blood spurts out of your unlucky victims, it actually feels like it's going to hit you in the face. Gross! It's also one of the few Xbox titles available in 3D.
The Bottom Line:
This holiday season it's up to you to decide if you're willing to plunk down all the cash required to go to the next level of gaming. 3D TVs, monitors, and glasses aren't exactly cheap. But, with the way 3D gaming is shaping up, some of these games are looking better than ever before and really do thrust you into the action in a unique and exhilarating way. Also, keep in mind that this holiday season is also pretty much the beginning of 3D console gaming, and that there are lots of exciting things on the horizon for 3D technology.