PS3 3D and Wii 2 3D Gaming: Future or Fad

By Posted 25 Sep 2010, 20:03

When high definition televisions first released it was a natural step improving our displays for gaming, movies, and more. The 3D evolution feels like a cheap step towards virtual reality, and forgetting the so-called medical problems that can arise for certain viewers, the future of 3D seems more like a craze.

After watching a number of movies and playing a few PS3 games in 3D, I find the experience both uncomfortable and with less clarity than playing in HD. The first generation 3D gaming experience seems like a FAD, unlike my first 300:1 plasma TV that felt amazing 7 years ago and is nothing compared to my current Samsung LED. We have not had time to enjoy the high definition experience, and the 3D option has been pushed on us, which looks and feels cheap in my opinion.

The evolution of 3D displays will need to get to a point where you need no glasses to play 3D games, and feel like you can almost touch the images because they look so clear. Currently the 3D experience feels uncomfortable to watch, and some people have to take the glasses off thanks to the uncomfortable feeling.

Where will 3D be in 2 or 3 years from now? Will your 3D television be sitting next to the HD-DVD recorder? It’s not the first time 3D has been called a fad, and with the possibility of the Wii 2 featuring 3D gaming could this be a short-term sales pitch or will 3D gaming be the ‘next big thing’?

It’s my opinion the powers that be will milk 3D for all they can, and then movies and gaming will move on to the next thing within 2 or 3 years. Surely I am not the only person that feels 3D is a joke?

If they cracked virtual reality, then the gaming market would have something to bite onto, although this too can have its problems thanks to pulling you in way more than 3D could ever do.

PS3 3D Gaming and the possible Wii 2 featuring 3D gaming, I give this craze no more than 3 years. Are you sold on the 3D evolution?

  • Atlas

    Agreed, total marketing BS!
    Not to mention all homes in America haven't even converted over to HD yet.
    I see the PS4, Xbox720, WiiX to not even need glasses and have a more in-depth control scheme to interact with that. Maybe even TVs will change to suit that.
    But this is just some corporate dummys who want a little extra pocket money and think its neat.

  • Anon

    My gaming sessions usually last for an hour or more. And I usually walk out of the theatre after a 3D movie with a splitting headache…. I don't think this is for me or many others. I'll stick to high resolution 1080p gaming for the next several years.

  • Meh…

    Gaming is already way too expensive of a hobby, who ever buys into this is seriously going to feel stupid later. :

  • wiifan

    3D was old when the glasses were red and blue. It's cumbersome on the eyes and is unhealthy. Let the fans of it rot their eyeballs out. This is definitely something that will not catch on for a full time deal. Gamers that play hours on end will definitely develop eye strain and permanent damage on their vision and eye muscles. Motion controls already give you soreness that heals over days. Permanent eye damage is definitely not an option to play with.

  • Kev

    I’ve never watched anything in 3D without getting a migrain like splitting headache. Also since I wear glasses, I have to wear a second set which is very uncomfortable. My personal idea is that Sony started this whole thing as a way to get people who already have HDTVs to think they need to buy new ones. I think this is really just a fad that is popular with the casual one or two hours a week gaming crowd. Serious gamers who game several hours a day aren’t going to go to long before they start turning it off. If you look at the 3DS, almost all games for it are old stuff repackaged as 3D games bearing out my opinion that it is just a gimmick to resell what’s already out.

  • Jason – B

    Haters going to Hate

    Its truly an experience, and i love being a part of it. Gimick or not, the Wii was just a gimick and it really hurt their sales…oh wait. The best part of most 3D gameing, is that you have the option for 2D or 3D, so i dont see most people problems, unless its just pure seething rage over not being able to experience it (weather this be because they just cannot see 3D properly, or can not afoard it). It really is coming off as a little sad.

    3D is here, its pretty much here to stay. Im sure in 5 years it will not be the same incarnation it is now, but the tech has a good start, and its only going to get better.

    Why fight change when change is not only inevitable, but generaly good

  • mushi mush

    3D is awesome experience for me!!!! This is the best thing what happened since the colour TV kicked off!! Dont listen all these moaners, it is only because of pure jealousy. Yes, it cost a lots of money. But so do Ferrari and Bentley cars… who want to say these cars are rubbish?! Okay, some people have problems with the eyes or head so they can not join us in 3D tech celebration. But so do people with no arms and legs – they can not enjoy ride with Ferrari. If those people would slag off Ferrair cause of their unfortunate illness that would be stupid.
    So – if your eyes are okay and have some extra cash in porcket then 3D gaming is great. Go and try few b4 jumping to any conclusions.

  • Guest

    The wife and I saw Avatar in 3D (Imax) 4 times and loved it every time. As a casual gamer (Oh, HORRORS! I'm sorry- I'm not a "SERIOUS" gamer!) I have looked forward to this day for many years and now after playing my first PS3 3D game on my 73" Mitsubishi all I can say is "Thank you, THANK YOU" for this fabulous new media! I wish EVERY game could be retro-fitted for this- Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Dead Space, Bioshock… Oh PLEASE find a way!
    Sorry nay-sayers, no headaches, nausea or glasses discomfort for this 58 year old guy- it must be a malady only for young, "serious" gamers or something, because for me it's just fun, fun, fun. My kids love it and I really like college football and golf in 3D on regular broadcasts, too- baseball didn't work as well, couldn't keep track of the ball. But for games? This is just the ultimate toy!
    Sorry if you 2D-er's won't spend the money- but don't sniff down your nose, calling the greatest technology ever in gaming a "gimmick" and try to kill off the fun for those of us who will. Keep your 2D and enjoy everything as is, be happy and let the rest of us delight in what we're enjoying. All I want is more content!

    • Sean

      I just got a 50″ plasma 3D Samsung and love it. The 3D works for me and I have no complaints. I agree that glasses free would be better but so would TV free. I don’t hear people complaining, “bloody unfinished tech, make me look at a TV to see video content”. How about beamed direct to your brain? I feel like a chump having to use my own eyes. Sorry guys, 3D is not a fad. 3D is the beginning and will only get better. If you can’t justify a 3D tv then I can understand that. It is cool though. If you try a properly setup one and still have problems then Ok, it’s not for you. Let the people who do like it do just that. Why put so much effort into putting it down? Some people are proper haters.

  • Guest

    The wife and I saw Avatar in 3D (Imax) 4 times and loved it every time. As a casual gamer (Oh, HORRORS! I'm sorry- I'm not a "SERIOUS" gamer!) I have looked forward to this day for many years and now after playing my first PS3 3D game on my 73" Mitsubishi all I can say is "Thank you, THANK YOU" for this fabulous new media! I wish EVERY game could be retro-fitted for this- Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Dead Space, Bioshock… Oh PLEASE find a way!

  • http://fotosdal.yonkly.com/vivandeary356 prop 19

    Agreed, total marketing BS!
    Not to mention all homes in America haven’t even converted over to HD yet.
    I see the PS4, Xbox720, WiiX to not even need glasses and have a more in-depth control scheme to interact with that. Maybe even TVs will change to suit that.
    But this is just some corporate dummys who want a little extra pocket money and think its neat.