Sessler's Soapbox: Is 3-D the Future of Gaming?

Posted: January 13, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Is 3-D the Future of Gaming?
Adam discusses all the new 3-D technologies shown off at CES 2010 and wonders if they will represent the next step in game immersion.

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  • btbass

    i would give it an A +++++=

    Posted: January 14, 2010 12:33 PM
  • btbass

    Fudge you guys i think we can have 3D effects on tv and in games obviously if you like them now youll love 3D if not play the atari lol cant use profanity

    Posted: January 14, 2010 12:32 PM
  • ncates00

    I so do not care about 3D gaming. Most MOVIES that are don't add anything except a headache and terrible picture.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 12:06 PM
  • TheDrunkardHu

    i'll buy a 3d tv when i don't have to wear some stupid shades to enjoy it... when i can turn on my tv, and look at the screen with only my perscription glasses, and see a 3d image, then i'll be hooked.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 11:58 AM
  • Ricky_K

    3D is cool as long as i dont punch my T.V. in the face.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 11:26 AM
  • JPizzle151

    Great points made here! Here's what I know:

    I won't buy a 3D TV - I just don't care about a 50 year old gimmick at home

    James Cameron should be blamed for all of this BS hype

    Posted: January 14, 2010 10:32 AM
  • djbuddha

    In regards to the point you made about being satisfied with things we already have:

    I own a projector which is natively 720p. It scales 1080p down to 720p and looks incredible. I don't even plan on upgrading that to full 1080p because it's beyond satisfactory. I can't fathom a world of 3D gaming when most of the games released are still in 720p (and in the eyes of some developers- that's even up to debate with advanced scaling methods used in consoles and PCs today)- 3D would be the ultimate stretch.

    Take a game like Uncharted 2 which used so much of the PS3's cell capabilities (and had to offload processes from the video card as noted in the behind the scenes videos). If you had to split the engine and force it to render things for 3D on a PS3- the game (even in 3D) will look something similar of the early stages of PS2 development- not because of inferior design, but because of hardware limitation. If Uncharted was unable to be done in 1080p- what makes anybody think that we could get the same game in 720p in 3D....? I use Uncharted as my example as it sets the bar for 'immersive' (not because Adam said so- more because like some addicts- I am craving a replay of that game). And before the 360 fanboys chime in about the PS3 being inferior in some way (beit from a youtube video they saw or an inference some developer made) remember that people bought both consoles- and I feel that both have their strong and weak points nearly evenly.... I feel exactly the same about games like Gears of War for my 360 as I do about Uncharted.

    But back to my point lol

    This eventuality would then incite the need for a new console (which is what the corporate world is begging for- and the end user is fighting against). (quickly conspiracy theorists: everybody scream "HDMI 1.x in the XBox / PS3 was no accident We need a new HDMI spec and another Playstation / Xbox product!! They knew along!! .. and while you're yelling- yell out: I have no understanding of the corporate world!!!) lol...

    My point to close the analogy I attempted to start at the beginning of this post. I have 2 HD DVRs in my home- I have a 40" 1080p display upstairs and my Pansonic Projector downstairs (again 720p) .. everything is connected via HDMI. (and set up properly unlike the vast majority of people who own 1 HD compatible display.. which blows my mind that people believe this 3D thing will fly while consumers don't even set up their products to spec AS IS lol)

    Yet I'm far from an enthusiast... I have NO intention of upgrading as I love where we are and where we've been. I think we can go somewhere better and FAR beyond the scope of 3D... as it was said in the Bayonetta episode of Feedback.. the Wii is the close and the best thing to 3D vs the TV which nobody will by. If I love toys so much and can't see myself putting glasses on when I dim the lights in the projector room .. why would the average consumer do the same??


    Posted: January 14, 2010 10:31 AM

    3d will not be a passing fad - it worked well for avatar and made the movie better imo. sessler must have something wrong with his eyes because no one else got a headache. i think 3d could make a game much more immersive - imagine uncharted 2 in 3d : epic win

    Posted: January 14, 2010 10:19 AM
  • Hemp316

    Newsflash-3D HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 50'S!It's not new,it's new groundbreaking and you don't need to A $1300 + TV to experience it.Adam is right sometimes we're mindless Robots just following the crowd.Be an Individual NOT A clone!

    Posted: January 14, 2010 9:46 AM
  • williamgaudet

    i can't imagine a great game like assains creed 2 or uncharted 2 as 3d i think graphics is better than 3d these are great games don't change them

    Posted: January 14, 2010 9:34 AM
  • MartinJohnstone

    I agree with you Mr Sessler.

    3D is not a new technology it has been around for 50 odd years with the red/green filters. It may be more viable today with better methods of filming and projection at the cinema but the uses of it has not gone too far beyond things either pointing towards the audience or falling away. A good description of why 3D movies are not great is provided by Mark Kermode the BBC movie journalist.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=zMG75Ne398I

    For a passive interactive activity like going to the cinema 3D for me is passable but games are already imersive and interactive the addition of 3D will add nothing to the experience. I too would rather that developers spend the time that would be used to develop 3D to polish games like Uncharted 2 and Assassins Creed 2, where as mentioned in another soapbox it was the little incidental things which pushed these good games to greatness.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 9:27 AM
  • edgeofblade

    Pavlov. That's it. That's how I feel everyone is reacting.

    It never ceases to amaze me that you, Mr Sessler, can describe that feeling so accurately.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 8:57 AM
  • clintbyoung

    I agree, 3D sucks!

    Posted: January 14, 2010 8:39 AM
  • sircashews

    All I can say is that I hope 3D really is just a fad because I could only watch about a half hour of Avatar before I started to get cross eyed.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 8:10 AM
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    Posted: January 14, 2010 7:51 AM
  • river_tron

    I've seen Avatar only once, and I think that I liked it more because of the quality of the 3D and not because it was some great movie, 'cause I really don't think it was as amazing as people are making it out to be. I'm kinda' having a hard time understanding why everyone is hating on 3D lately. Now, I'm not saying I want my games in 3D because I could care less if they were, but there seems to be some sort of mass out cry against it and I can't help but feel a lot of people are just hating for the sake of hating and are just repeating what they're hear from all the news outlets.

    I've never been crazy about 3D, but as great as the 3D in Avatar was, it's still not as vibrant or clear as just watching it in Digital Projection or on Blu-Ray. When it gets THAT good, I think many might start changing their minds about it. Some games in 3D...fine. But not all. I just think that even with all the technological advancements created as of late with 3D, it's just not good enough to warrant such a massive push. When I think real 3D, it's holograms, not spectacled trickery. Show me a holographic HD quality movie or game, THEN I might get all excited. But for now, all it is, is a another step forward in the evolution of a technology that hasn't quite lived up to our expectations. It's closer, but still has quite a long way to go.

    In another 10 years, perhaps we might all be singing a different tune. Good thing there are people like James cameron to help the technology along.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 7:32 AM
  • jungleman67

    instead of ignoring 3d, i think people are just going around it the wrong way. we don't need new TVs. red and blue is more than enough. they did it on psp. but ya I think that people just jump on the band wagon. we need to be more imaginative and come up with something that shows promise and longterm financial success.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 7:03 AM
  • JediMasterRick

    I'm getting one. My TV broke last week. I might as well wait. I think it will be good for movies made in 3D. That's what I'll use it for.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 5:11 AM
  • Leprechaun4_20

    Yea i totally argee 3-D is a passing fad. but virtual reality thats going to be sweet.

    Posted: January 14, 2010 4:55 AM