Importance of 3D on Xbox 720 and PS4

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 1, 2011

There are a lot of gamers expecting the release date for the Xbox 720 and PS4 to be revealed within the next year or two, and there are also those that have a few ideas for features that they may want or not want in the next-generation.

Some developers expect that the PlayStation 4, and also Microsoft’s next gen system, to be the first generation that truly enables 3D. Most gamers have not jumped into the 3D gaming age yet, although reports from the UK explain why that might be, with most people thinking it’s just a gimmick.

Emails we’ve received from our readers both support and discourage the idea of 3D for the next-gen gaming system, with some opinions pointing to the idea that a “3d centric” system would be a really bad idea, although others would love 3D as a standard option on most or all games, which doesn’t sound that bad at all.

If Sony and Microsoft do improve the PS4 and Xbox 720 to include much better 3D, but also leave it as an option that is not pushed upon the gamer, then it may work. Anything that is forced upon you and becomes a main part of the system may hit a rebellion.

One developer has gone much further when it comes to expectations of release dates, and states that the age of Xbox 360 and PS3 is “a lot in computer years”, explaining that the next generation is now and that “The Witness” puzzle game is unlikely to release on this generation.

How important is 3D to you for the Xbox 720 and PS4? Would you rather something a lot more immersive like virtual reality, although not centric and only as an optional feature?

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  • Pusser

    3d would be a cool note but not as the main attraction I may b wrong but im pretty sure you need a 3d tv for the 3d gaming to work and if you look at it sales of those arn’t going to well

  • Se7enstrikes

    VV-That comment was supposed to go in another article.  I don’t know why it posted it here.

  • Se7enstrikes

    Yea but the thing is, it doesn’t matter how much more powerful a PC gaming rig is compared to consoles because consoles have the much larger installed base of users.  So Devs are gonna develop to take advantage of consoles first and foremost.  What good is all that processing and graphics power of a PC if you only get 10 or 12 games a year that truly take advantage of your system specs?  The 360 may be going on 7 years old, but look at Gears of War 3 or Crysis 2 for the 360 and tell me that’s not impressive.  I think having limits like they do developing for consoles has really made them have to be creative in their designs.      

  • Cmoney326

    3d is a great option. Hopefully, games will all come with the option to play in 3d. It’s a very different experience, and multiplayer fps is much more challenging. Once it’s accepted, then game developers can start to add specific 3d effects. Gears of war 3 is the best example of embracing 3d gaming so far.

  • Grand Theft Auto 3D – would get me to buy a new games system.. not had one for over a year.  I’m guessing any 3D game with violence would get blamed for every real life act of violence (where the perp had played the game in the past)..p.s. I refuse to watch 3D films…