Sony’s PlayStation 3D display is split screen gaming heaven

By on June 7, 2011
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Ingenious implementation of split screen using a 3D display!

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With E3 come a whole lot of product announcements, not just games. I mean, it is the Electronic Entertainment Expo after all. With details of the PlayStation Vita’s launch, Sony also announced their new PlayStation branded 3D display. I say “display”, not a TV because Sony didn’t mention any TV tuner in their press release. Basically the PS 3D display is a 24″ monitor sporting a 1080p resolution. The running refresh rate isn’t specified, but given the 3D capabilities of the display set, I’m fairly confident it’s running at least 120Hz.

One of cool features of the PS 3D display that shows the gaming focus in the design process is its new ability to display 2 images for split screen games. Essentially two people can sit in front of this screen wearing 3D glasses and view two different images at the same time. The images displayed will be in 2D, not 3D. Basically 3D works by showing 2 frames running parallel, which is then converted by your glasses into one image for your eyes to see the depth of field in videos. Instead of one person seeing the same frame, two people will be seeing two different frames. Voila, instant split screen gaming goodness!

The TV comes bundled with one pair of 3D glasses and a copy of Resistance 3, which just so happens to have split screen multiplayer co-op as well. PS 3D Display will be made available in fall in US (and hopefully here in the Middle East too) and will retail for $499 (AED 1,800). I don’t know why they made it look like the PSP Go, but hey, it’s a PlayStation display, so there have to be some curves right?

Full press release

Building upon PlayStation’s commitment to technology and innovation, the official 3D Display from Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) delivers an incredible high-definition stereoscopic 3D experience to
gamers. Featuring a luminous 24” LCD screen with full HD 1080p 3D presentation, the 3D Display is
uniquely enhanced for gaming with a special feature for two-player mode, offering best-in-class visuals in
both 2D and 3D.

The exclusive feature optimizes two-player mode by delivering individual full HD screens, giving each
person their own full screen view of the action while playing co-op or head-to-head on the same display.*
The ultra-slim LCD screen delivers all of one’s HD media by connecting to a PC or cable TV box, while
built-in speakers and subwoofer fill out the audio experience.

Each 3D Display will include one pair of 3D Glasses for optimized gaming with a light-weight design and
built-in rechargeable battery, as well as an HDMI cable and a copy of Resistance®3 on Blu-ray disc.

3D Display
• 24”inch screen with full HD 1080p 3D
• Active 3D enabled with integrated 3D sync transmitter
• Special feature delivers individual full HD screen visuals** to each player in two-player mode
• Easy connectivity to the PlayStation3 system, Cable TV box, and PC through the 3 inputs
• Brilliant contrast and slim PlayStation inspired bezel design with Edge LED backlighting for
stunning and aesthetic visuals
• Built-in speakers and subwoofer for enhanced audio
• Quad speed frame sequential adopted for ultra smooth 3D gaming
* 3D Glasses and supported software are required to enjoy this feature
** Playback in full (2D) HD, not 3D

3D Glasses
• Best-in-class 3D quality
• Fully immersive vision
• Stylish design allows you to focus on the game with maximum comfort
• Minimizes 3D crosstalk and reduces “ghosting” effect
• Built-in rechargeable batteries let you play up to 30 hours without interruption

PRICING AND AVAILABILTY:

Available in North America this fall for $499.99 (MSRP). Package includes the Display, one pair of 3D
Glasses, HDMI cable, and a copy of Resistance 3.

The 3D Glasses will also be available as a stand-alone accessory in North America this fall for $69.99
MSRP. Package includes one pair of 3D Glasses and a USB Cable.


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