Sony Launches Affordable PlayStation 3D Display Bundle

The show stealer at Sony’s E3 event was undoubtedly the PlayStation Vita. However, the Japanese entertainment behemoth had quite a few other neat surprises in store for us. One of them was the PlayStation 3D display bundle.

3D TVs are nothing new, and have been quite the rage for the past couple of years. However, one thing that has been keeping them from going mainstream is affordability, or the lack of it. The new 24 inch PlayStation 3D TV is Sony’s attempt at tackling this problem. It’s mainly targeted at gamers who want to experience the benefits of 3D, but can’t afford the high end displays with bigger screens.

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It also has a unique 2D multiplayer mode. When enabled, the active shutter glasses will present two entirely different images to two different players, thus eliminating the need for split-screen view in multiplayer games. The glasses will feature a button for toggling between ‘Player 1′ and ‘Player 2′ views.

The PlayStation 3D TV bundle will include a pair of active shutter 3D glasses, HDMI cable, and a copy of the 3D game Resistance 3. The whole bundle will be available for a very decent $499, with the bundled freebies alone costing in excess of $150.

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Is 3D Overrated?

Couple of days ago I attended an event hosted by Intel showcasing their second generation core processors and electronics equipped by it. Besides that, major stress was on the fact that upcoming consumer electronics will be quipped by technologies like 3D. This took me to back to the Nvidia event I attended a couple of months ago. There again the entire event was focused on 3D enabled consumer electronics. With so many manufacturers concentrating on 3D technology leads to only one question. Is 3D really the next tech revolution? Stay with me, I’ll put down few points.

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If you followed the CES 2011, you would’ve noticed the dominance of 3D technology there as well. So what makes 3D such an interesting technology for manufacturers and consumers? Is knowing the dept of an object to the other that important? It sure gives a real life experience but I would argue that you’ll see this technology reaching budgeted consumers anytime soon. The reason being content. Manufacturers blindly adopt technologies from research labs and implement them on their upcoming products to lure consumers. The strategy being, assume the consumer is an rich tech savvy idiot.

All I see hardware manufacturers do is introduce the hardware and leave the content to others. Of course, it isn’t their job to do so but if you want something to catch on you need applications that can make use of it. Rich Tech Savvy people would buy 3D enabled electronics (Displays/mobiles) but unless and until you have some content on it you aren’t making any use of the hardware. Rest of the world would buy it only when there is any content available to watch. This was the only reason HDTV took so long to catch on. Although the technology was available even back in late 90’s it wasn’t until couple of years ago that Full HD content started taking advantage of the hardware.

Although I am sure 3D won’t take that long to catch up since we already have high priced 3D video/still cameras available in the market and now that YouTube will also be supporting 3D it won’t take long before people start uploading user generated content. That again questions the availability of non-user generated content. In my opinion manufactures should partner with content generators generate professional 3D content along with the hardware.

So if you ask me if 3D is overrated? I would say  for now or even for next 2-3 years, it is overrated. If you disagree with me lets discuss via comments.

HTC to Launch the First 3D Android Phone in 2011

HTCRumor is that HTC is planning to launch the first 3D smartphone powered by Android in 2011. HTC has been one of the most successful Android partners and has delivered a lot of hits. However, some of its glory has been stolen by its competitor Samsung, with the Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets.

HTC was demonstrating mobile 3D technology at MWC 2010 in Barcelona. Now, it seems that it is planning to launch an Android smartphone with a 3D display at MWC 2011. Techradar, a tech blog, also reported that HTC had been advertising for a “display and camera design engineer familiar with 3D display and imaging technologies”.

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Firefox Adds a new Dimension to Browsing, goes 3D

RT Fact is a real time ray-tracing technology which makes rendering of 3D graphics easier. A group of researchers has recently achieved success in using this technology to render 3D graphics in the Firefox web browser. The browser was showcased at the Cebit Trade show on Wednesday, and has got a lot of positive response.

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The concept of 3D browsing is not new though. Some gaming companies have brought plugins which allow us to browse websites in 3D but with RT Fact, we will not need any plugin. The technology here will make use of the XML3D part of the HTML language. The only change the group has made is in integrating RT Fact into the Webkit engine.

During a Cebit demo, a Wikipedia page was shown in 3D with a 3D view of the palaces. The modified browser will be made public in a few days and the group is checking with Firefox if they can call the browser Firefox. If that succeeds, the technology will be taken to the W3C which is responsible for setting web standards.

If the proposal is accepted, we will have a revamped browsing experience, more work for designers and viewing pleasures for the avid web-surfers. If done right, this technology can bring a revolution.

CryENGINE 3 in Stereoscopic 3D Shown Off by Crytek

Crysis broke damn near every computer that was thrown at it when it was released. For good reason too it was the most realistic looking game ever developed and it spawned thousands of Real vs. Crysisphotographs and the Yes… but can it play Crysis?internet meme. The European developers of Crysis, Crytek GmbH (Crytek), have found phenomenal success with the release of their games with jaw-dropping graphics and fluid gameplay that keeps you begging for more.

In this year’s Game Developer Conference (GDC), Crytek showed off its new engine, the CryENGINE 3, coupled with stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) screens. The result was pure awesomeness. Being the fastest and the most robust renderer, CryENGINE 3 serves the PC, the PS3 and the XBox360 with the most photorealistic indoor rendering, extraordinary real-time effects and the impact of being in the game rather than playing it. Using S-3D technology, this involvement with the game became that much more real.

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Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development at Crytek, said

Over the past few years, S-3D technology has emerged as one of the key trends both in movies and games. With CryENGINE 3, developers will have the ability to create their content in 3D on all platforms. There are basically no longer any limits to a designer’s creativity. CryENGINE 3 features many innovations to accelerate development, cut production costs and ensure teams are able to maximize their own creativity without delays

The cutting-edge technology of Crytek just got sharper.

Watch CeBIT 2010 Live Online

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The world’s largest computer expo is held every year in Hannover, Germany. This is the Centrum der Büro- und Informationstechnik, German for Centre of Office and Information technology. More commonly, this massive expo is known as the CeBIT. Having an exhibition area of around 450,000 sq. meters, this is the happening place where it concerns new developments in the IT industry.

Beginning from the 2nd of March 2010, CeBIT 2010 will stretch on until the 6th of March. This much hyped expo will leave a trail of innovations, novelty and future-norms in its wake.

Originally a part the Hannover Fair, CeBIT grew from its initial size of being part of a trade show to being a large fair on its own. It showcases the newest software, hardware and innovative applications of the aforementioned to set a standard of achievement in the future of the IT industry.

This time 3D displays will be the most sought after (especially after James Cameron’s Avatar), minus the ugly glasses. The new trend this year would be autostereoscopic 3D screens. Hamburg-based Seefront will be at the forefront of these matters this year.

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But what if you wanted to see the entirety of the fair but could not make it to Hannover? Worry not, the CeBIT organizers will be broadcasting all the keynotes and online on their own channels. You can view all the videos by visiting CeBIT Live or choosing individual broadcast channels by visiting the CeBIT Global Conferences page.

We will try and add live videos to this page as and when they become available to us, so stay tuned for future updates.