If you’re trying to figure out what you want for Christmas or Hanukkah, you’re going to want to check out the Sony Playstation 3D TV. Not only does it have the highest possible definition for both 2D and 3D viewing, you will no longer need to share screens (i.e. split-screens) for two-player gaming. COED had the chance to get an early demo of the 24-inch display which comes out on November 13th. Take a closer look at our review below, glasses not necessary.
Regardless of whether you believe that 3D TV is the here-and-now of gaming, you can’t deny that the video game industry is pushing the technology pretty hard. Personally, I was a little skeptical (because of the tech’s relative infancy) when we originally received the 3D Display. I had not yet heard of SimulView.
Put all your gripes and complaints about 3D TV aside; SimulView is the future of gaming. Besides not having any friends to invite over, what’s your biggest pet peeve about split-screen gaming? The fact that you have to share. I’m an only child, it’s OK — I get it.
Since the glasses you’re using for the 3D Display are ‘active’ (i.e. battery-powered) they’re flickering between images constantly. Using a mixture of love, magic, and technology Sony has somehow allowed for the flickering images to actually project two completely different images, essentially creating two different displays when, in fact, there is only one. What does that mean for you? That means you can play games like Motorstorm Apocalypse (which ships with the display) with your friend sitting right next to you, looking at the same display, but each seeing their own 2D HD full-screen. Boom. Mind blown.
After charging the glasses in my PS3 for about half and hour, I first tried Uncharted: Drake’s Deception aka the best looking game I’ve ever seen in my nerdy gamer non-existent life. The 3D version of the game was absurd. Granted, the game’s resolution wasn’t as crisp as it was in 2D but I doubt that another display could make it look any better. This bad-boy really does have the latest in 3D technology goodness.
Not a PS3 fan? Xbox 360 fanboy? Sony still deserves a shot at your dollar because this display can hook up to pretty much anything; it boasts 2 HDMI ports and one component port. Coincidentally, this is what makes it the perfect dorm-room addition. This skinny display can act as computer monitor until you get bored of writing your paper that you really shouldn’t be putting off. Thankfully this kind of sh*t didn’t exist when I was in college. It probably would’ve taken me more than 5 years to graduate.
- 24″inch screen with full HD 1080p 3D
- Active 3D with integrated 3D sync transmitter
- Built-in speakers and subwoofer for enhanced audio
- 3D Glasses: Built-in rechargeable batteries, they fit over prescription glasses, best-in-class 3D quality
- Suggested Retail: $499 which includes the Display, one pair of 3D Glasses, HDMI cable, and a copy of Motorstorm Apocalypse.