It doesn’t really matter if you’re interested in 3-D technology or not. Unless you’re really willing to go out of your way to avoid it, you’ll have a fully functional 3-D capable home theater in the next few years.
I’ve said it before, I just plain don’t want to watch movies in 3-D. I saw ‘Avatar‘ in 3-D and wasn’t impressed with it. I also saw ‘Toy Story 3‘ in 3-D and – while it was a much better movie – the 3-D still didn’t do anything for me.
It’s not that I hate wearing the glasses, and it’s not the expense either. It’s just that I don’t feel like I get any more out of a 3-D presentation than a 2-D presentation. In fact, with ‘Avatar,’ I think the 3-D hindered it, rather than helped.
All that being said, before this year is up, I’ll likely own a 3-D capable home theater system. I’m not going out of my way to buy 3-D gear, and I doubt if I’ll ever own a 3-D Blu-ray, but I’ll have everything I need to do so.
I’ve set aside this Christmas as time to upgrade my TV. My 32″ Sony KLV-S32A10 just isn’t doing the job as well as it did in 2006. Oddly enough, a significant number of the televisions I’ve been looking at to replace it are 3-D ready. It’s not a feature I’m seeking out; it just happens to be baked into a lot of 2010 HDTVs.
The TV is a maybe, but there’s no getting around the fact that on September 21st, I’ll own a 3-D capable Blu-ray player. That’s the day that Sony’s going to release new firmware that makes the PlayStation 3 capable of playing 3-D Blu-rays. It’s not a matter of going out and upgrading or not, my current Blu-ray player is simply changing.
This is a trend that’s only going to continue. 3-D isn’t a standard feature in all TVs yet, mainly just the higher end models, but there’s no reason to expect that it won’t be. It’s a lot like streaming services. They started out as something novel and interesting, but now it’s surprising to see even a mid-level television or Blu-ray player without Netflix.
3-D Blu-ray players will be even harder to avoid, since the technology to handle 3-D Blu-ray discs seems to be fairly simple and cheap to add. After all, Sony is updating their four year old gaming system, giving 38 million Blu-ray players 3-D capability.
It helps if you don’t think of the 3-D movement as an addition to your gear. Think of it instead like a feature that you’re getting no matter what, like BD-Live or Composite outputs. It’s just something that comes with everything you buy – whether you use it or not is up to you.