Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s studio director, Mick Hocking revealed that the Playstation 3 will soon play host to more than 50 3D titles. “[A]nd this number is growing fast,” he told magazine Develop. Hocking explained that many industries are investing heavily in the technology and that once consumers see the sheer power and range of what it has to offer, people will come flocking — not only to 3D gaming, but to 3D technology as a whole implemented into film, television shows and even websites.
We have already seen the film industry embracing it with the likes of Avatar, the more recent Megamind and soon to be released Tron: Legacy. Despite this, there is still reluctance on the public’s side mainly because of the price tag. Tickets are double the regular cost and the average 3D TV resides in the neighborhood of about $3,000 (glasses not included). But let’s look ahead, as Hocking does.
Indeed, let’s look ahead with this short video.
As the video intimates, you just watched the Heliodisplay L90 in action. The product of San Bruno, California company IO2 Technology, it renders eye-tricking 3D obsolete. In its place, the Heliodisplay creates free standing images in true space. They’ve even created an interface with which you can interact, moving your hand to pan through images, select certain items, etc. The video game industry is playing with that sort of technology, at least on the interactive side, right? Oh yes, that’s right, the Kinect.
SCEE’s Hocking explained how Sony has applied forward thinking by encouraging its developers to work with 3D technology, because, as he says, everyone is investing in it. 3D is the next big thing.
If you follow the articles I write, you may find that I try to stay a few more steps ahead than the next big thing. True, 3D technology is here. Embrace it or toss it in the trash, it’s not going away. But, that’s not what I’m excited about.