PSP2 and Nintendo 3DS: 3D Health Risks and Children

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We reported to you earlier today that gaming analyst Michael Pachter, thinks it would be a good idea for Sony to incorporate 3D to any new PSP, like Nintendo will be doing with the upcoming 3DS. Once these devices become available many children will want them, but what are the health risks?

Back in July Sony changed the terms and conditions for the PlayStation, and warned of possible health risks with watching and playing 3D content. The risks included nausea and eye fatigue or strain. It was also advised to take regular breaks in between 3D sessions, and viewing for the under six’s is not suitable.

Samsung have posted warnings over 3D viewing, and which groups of people are at risk. Doctors even backed up the warnings given by the company. These groups included the elderly, teens, people who are intoxicated, and again children under six.

With all these warnings in mind, is it a smart move to bring 3D to handheld gaming, and what are the risks to our children? While we are sure some warnings will come with any 3D portable device, it will be interesting to see how the brands making these devices respond to any health risks.

Will you buy a 3D portable gaming device?

Also See: New 3DS region lock doesn’t follow Sony example

  • jay

    you guys are stupid. they have a 3d-2d slider and im sure they'll put it in the handbook that comes with it. Nintendo already knows about the health and risks, thats why they simply made the slider, which no other dumshit company was able to do.

  • Stretch

    yeah, the slider will definitely help take away risks from the 3d screen.
    I'm very very likely going to buy the 3ds, and this is coming from a person who hasn't given a shit about hand held games for the past 20 years.

  • me.im

    well all i can say is iv been watching some demos of the 3ds and wow even though you cant see the full 3d what i seen blew me away if it looks that good on a normal cam then just can only imagine what the real thing is going to look like cant wait I'm a Nintendo fan so ill ge it anyway but hey if your brain is too weak to handle the 3d shame on you cus your gonna miss out on the future i mean iv had brain surgery but 3d still cant mess with my head bring on the 3ds cant wait

  • Roy

    You do realize scientists have proven that you won't get and illness or eyestrain worse than a normal screen.
    3DS FTW.

  • lolguy

    yes i thought it was very smart to make a 3d-2d slider

  • james braselton

    hi there i am a master chief spartan 117 soo it dose not aply too me

  • boo

    lol. "health risk" is an exaggeration. it can strain the eyes, but as long as you're not playing for hours on end (something someone shouldn't be doing anyways, 3d or not), and as long as the people who play aren't too young for their eyes and visual understanding are fully developed (around 6-8 yrs old, which most people who play DS are), you should be fine.

  • TKOL

    This is an example of really crappy journalism, there is no story here but the guy wants to write a story about the next big thing!! I am sure there are more health risks in a McDonalds Happy Meal!!

  • MINUTE MAN V2

    IM BUYING THE 3DS ANYWAY. COME ON, FOR YEARS THEY ALWAYS SAID THAT YOU CAN GET A SEIZURE FROM PLAYING VIDEO GAMES TOO LONG AND SHOULD TAKE A BREAK EVERY HOUR. I PLAY HANDHELDS 15 HOURS STRAIGHT.(minus 2 for when i watch wwe/tna) I PLAY CONSOLES FOR 10 HOURS (again minus 2) I AND EVERYONE I KNOW NEVER HAD A SEIZURE FROM PLAYING GAMES. NOT EVEN MY BROTHER WHO OCCASIONALLY HAS THEM BECAUSE OF A CAR ACCIDENT.

  • goku

    my mom said i can get it but i need to know how many hours can i play and how long should the break be