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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 08:19

360 to get stereoscopic 3D at E3

Written by David Stellmack


That is what our sources are saying
While Microsoft to this point has not been very concerned about 3D support, this is now apparently going to change, as our sources tell us that Microsoft will announce full stereoscopic 3D support at E3. While hardware guru types have told us that the Xbox 360 was fully able to do 3D if Microsoft wanted to support it.

The stereoscopic 3D support that is said to be coming will offer 720P image for each eye via HDMI, and of course, 3D compatible monitor and glasses. If accurate, the 3D support would offer an experience very similar (if not the same) as what Sony offers for 3D support in the PlayStation 3. You might notice that we said “via HDMI,” which means that if you happen to own an Xbox 360 console that does not have HDMI support, you are out of luck.

If accurate, and Microsoft does roll out 3D support for the 360, it is a total about face, so to speak, after the company questioned both the demand and relevance of 3D support; they made the point that they were not an electronics company trying to sell 3D TVs. Apparently, Microsoft does think that the market has responded and 3D support is a relevant feature that consumers want; or just maybe they want to narrow the difference gap between the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

We will have to see if this proves to be true, but adding 3D support really would not be that difficult, and developers are already producing titles that offer 3D support. Sounds like a no-brainer to us, but we will have to wait till the Microsoft E3 press conference on June 6th to see what they think.

David Stellmack

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+3 #1 Kryojenix 2011-05-24 10:55
I'd like 3D, but I wouldn't want to sacrifice 1080p for it. :sigh:

But, meh, I'm a PC game-player anyway. (WUXGA)
 
 
+4 #2 thetruth 2011-05-24 13:11
Quoting Kryojenix:
I'd like 3D, but I wouldn't want to sacrifice 1080p for it. :sigh:


There are very few console games that run at 1080p as it is. I'm guessing they'll need to sacrifice a lot of image quality just to get 3D available at 720p. I'm also guessing that this is just an experiment to see how people respond to it, before doing it properly at 1080p on the next gen consoles.
 
 
-1 #3 Bors Mistral 2011-05-24 16:17
Can we please have TVs that accept 120Hz input already?

Stupid slow mass-market hardware...
 
 
0 #4 techno 2011-05-24 16:47
There seems to be more TV's that can accept a 120Hz input than there are monitors....a situation that surprises me as 3d has been available on pc for several years.
 
 
0 #5 thomasg 2011-05-25 11:33
Quoting techno:
There seems to be more TV's that can accept a 120Hz input than there are monitors....a situation that surprises me as 3d has been available on pc for several years.

That's partly due to the prevalence of plasma TVs, which refresh at hundreds of Hz. But there's no such thing as a"120Hz input." Any TV/monitor can accept a 120Hz signal, it just may not be able to display it at 120Hz.
 
 
0 #6 techno 2011-05-25 11:49
^ interesting....in that case most plasma tv's would be 3d capable...but they are not...perhaps it is just that they lack the hdmi 1.4a input connection but internally would be able to deal with 3D?
 
 
0 #7 techno 2011-05-25 11:54
I'm not actually sure you are correct, I know the pixel refresh on plasmas is very fast but that does not mean they are equipped to deal with a 120Hz signal input.
 

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