Sony, the sole company that was heavily supporting 3D in videogames has now concluded gamers don’t really care about the tech.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara said that although it’s a capability the company has, and is able to implement at any time, the tide now is low, however 3D might make a comeback in the future.
Consumers decide how relevant it is. It’s fair to say consumers have decided it’s not hugely important at this time.
It’s a capability we’ve got. It may have a bigger life a little further down the line. It’s great we can do it. It doesn’t seem to be the most powerful USP at the moment, so you’ve seen us shift our effort onto fresh new exciting IP. I’m certainly really pleased to see the strength of that as we look into next year. We’ve seen a resurgence really with the strength of the output from the studio network.
Gara believes wearing glasses is the main reason why 3D didn’t catch on.
That’s just a fact. I haven’t read detailed research on it, but the glasses will certainly be a big part of the hassle factor. I also think there’s a bit of a difference between the highly focused viewing and the more casual viewing. In the home people tune in and tune out a bit, and doing that with glasses on and glancing at your tablet or pausing for a bit, compared to the cinema experience which is a solely focused experience, you know there is a difference emerging there.
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