Sony's Sir Howard Stringer reckons that stereoscopic 3D is heading to the mass market very soon.
Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer reckons that stereoscopic 3D is going to be The Next Big Thing and will quickly find a way to the mass market, so has voiced a desire to make the majority of Sony product lines compatible with the technology.
Preparing to give a speech at IFA in Berlin, Stringer is expected to announce stereoscopic compatibility for the PS3, Sony Blu-ray players and VAIO laptops by the end of next year, according to the Financial Times
It's also expected that the Sony 3DTVs will make use of an 'active shutter' technology that uses tiny shutters within the 3D glasses that will open and close in time with the TV refreshes, rather than the standard polarisation method which most manufacturers use - a divide the FT compares to the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray format war.
If the announcement goes ahead then Sony will join the likes of Samsung and Mitsubishi, both of whom already have a range of 3DTVs available. The PC isn't left out of all this either, with Nvidia taking a revitalised interest in the technology with it's 3DVision range. We've had an in-depth look at how 3DVision works
, but suffice it to say that it looks really cool in games like Batman: Arkham Asylum
, which has been specially tailored for the system.
The PlayStation 3 is likewise already capable of creating stereoscopic images, but just like on the PC you'll need a TV capable of 120Hz to actually be able to see it.
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