Mid-Week Poll: Do You Even Want 3-D Gaming?

We asked you about motion control two weeks ago. So now let’s talk about the other “future of gaming.”

Videogame companies sure are confident that they know what the next big thing is going to be. After all, they’ve succeeded so well in the past with the Sega CD, Sega 32x, Sega Activator, Nintendo Virtual Boy, the Game Boy camera, the Super Game Boy, the N64, the GameCube, the PlayStation Eye, the Gizmondo, the NGage, the Nintendo 64DD and the Philips CDi. Yeah, I know I forgot some.

The latest “next big thing” being thrust upon us is 3-D. I don’t know about you, but I’m torn. I have no desire to play console games in 3-D, especially since I play so much split-screen multiplayer. The PS3 can already do it, though. Folks with compatible TVs can give it a whirl. I’d consider going 3-D with my PC. I’m not sure why, but it just feels like the place for it. I have no desire to wear glasses or pay a premium price, but I’m buying a 3DS on day one.

So what do you think, folks? Are you ready for 3-D gaming? Is it even something you want? Do you think developers can accommodate it, or is it just one more stepping stone in the way of making a quality game? Is there potential for 3-D technology to improve games?

I’ve kept the poll answers simple again. After making one option for each answer, I think it started to get far too crowded. So feel free to shout out in the comments.

Do You Even Want 3-D Gaming?

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  1. Lahrs

    I am looking forward to it, though it still needs some time to develop. Too many movie studios are doing poor conversion jobs on their movies, which end up taking away from the movie than adding to it. I have a feeling that gaming could go the same route before quality products begin coming out.

    Of course, not all genres lend itself to 3D, but I think most could benefit, racing and FPS off the top of my head would be great in 3D. On the other hand, call me a wimp, but I don’t know if I am ready to handle a baseball being chucked at my head with every pitch in PS3’s The Show.

  2. I’m not much of a gamer, but I find the idea of playing racing games or First Person Shooters in 3-D to be incredibly compelling. Once I do finally upgrade my home theater to 3-D, I might even buy a game to play on my PS3. (I currently own a total of three, one of which has never left the shrinkwrap.)

      • Most of the movie titles that are tied up in bundle packages are intended to be limited-time exclusives that will eventually be given a general release. How long the exclusivity contracts last will vary by title.

        For example, Avatar 3-D will be exclusive to Panasonic Blu-ray players initially, but I’m hearing that this deal may only last a few months.

  3. Jane Morgan

    Maybe when the PS4 hits its prime, 3D could be interesting.

    This generation of hardware feels too weak. Big games today are still having a hard time doing a solid 720p at 30fps. To do 3D today they have to decrease image quality.

    Next generation they should be able to do 1080p at 60fps and have enough processing power left over to render the double frames for 3D.

        • AlexWS

          Oh god, yes. Uncharted 3D would be THE killer app for 3D gaming. Sony is set to announce a new exclusive title december 12. Maybe we will get our answer then.

          I am already playing games in 3D, and the experience is often great. But unfortunately, the experience varies from product to product. Call of Duty Black Ops is a very basic experience, while Motorstorm 3D Rift is like having sex with strange glasses on.

  4. that1guypictures

    I’m addicted to plain Stardust HD on the Ps3. It’s a perfect example of a game that is more entertaining because of the 3D, and actually enhances your experience and your ability to track objects on screen better due to depth cues. I for one love the experience, and am excited to see what the future holds. The 720p in 3D thing doesn’t bother me, since the effect is so immersive. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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