Sony: Glasses-free 3D not anytime soon

By on August 24, 2010
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Japanese electronic giant believes glasses-free 3D TV tech is still far way off.

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Sony has dismissed any possibility of a full HD glasses-free television experience being available in the near future. The technology powering the upcoming Nintendo 3DS still has a long way to go for proper TV content.

Mick Hocking, Senior Director for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Director of World Wide Studio’s 3D Stereoscopic Team, speaking to gaming blog VG247 said that glasses-free TV is incredibly complex to produce and would run cost high if one would try and make one.

“The only way at the moment of achieving high-definition, high quality 3D on a TV is via some form of glasses,” he said. “We need to filter the image to each eye.”

“Our solution is the active glass solution on the BRAVIA. This is because we can deliver full-resolution frames, there’s no drop in resolution and we don’t get flicker in our glass solution either, so this, we think, is the best way of achieving the highest possible quality 3D experience on the TV.”

“There are methods that are called autostereoscopic where you don’t require glasses, but these are limited in various ways. They only work for a typically single viewer, and they can only show a small amount of depth, so for very small screens they’re OK.”

“And you scale them up to a big screen; they don’t work very well at all. There are no technologies at the moment to do glasses-free technology on TVs, and I don’t think that’s going to change for a while, actually, because any way you try and do it glasses-free on TV is incredibly complex,” hocking said.

“The cost would be very high, even if someone could develop it.”


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