Sony's Plans for Stereoscopic 3D Support in the PlayStation 3 Console
By now you should know that the PS3 console already got its firmware update (3.30) that dded support for 3D output to the console (for gaming in stereo 3D) and not so long time ago even a few '3D demo' games appeared for people that already have a 3D HDTV to connect their PlayStation 3 console to. But Sony's plans do not end with providing 3D gaming support for the console, they seem to have plans to further extend the stereo 3D capabilities of the console a lot in the next 12 months with the help of more firmware updates‚?¶
Later this year we are expecting the second in line firmware upgrade for the console that should add the anticipated support for playing back Blu-ray 3D movies on the PS3, so if you already have the console and a 3D HDTV then you might skip the purchase of a dedicated Blu-ray 3D player and wait for the new firmware. There are still not a lot of Blu-ray 3D movies available, so purchasing a dedicated hardware player can be easily postponed for a few months anyway, and if you've got the PS3 you can even skip that purchase.
It seems that Sony is already planning to have 3D content broadcasted trough its PlayTV service as well. And support for the 3D Sweep Panorama pictures taken with some of the Sony digital cameras (MPO files) is also coming, as well as support for user created stereoscopic 3D photos and videos apparently. YouTube 3D content playback in stereo 3D on the PlayStation 3 is another feature that is expected to be available.
So things sure seem to be moving the right way in terms of S3D support for Sony and the PS3, but you should be aware that most of these features are already available for almost any PC equipped with some sort of stereo 3D setup able to play 3D content. And the best of all is that on the PC you can go with a much cheaper 3D-capable monitor as compared to the 3D HDTVs currently available on the market‚?¶ ;)
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