Is Avatar-style Stereoscopic 3D going to be big in video games? A report in Consumer Electronics Daily finds few video game publishers ready to sound excited about 3D gaming, except Disney, but that doesn't mean there aren't 3D games coming.
From the report:
Insight Media predicted 15-25 console games will be released in 2010 supporting stereoscopic 3D, growing to 35-50 in 2011. [Insight analyst Dale]Maunu also predicted that console gamers will enjoy a fairly consistent 3D experience no matter what 3D compatible TV they use, unlike what computer gamers have found with their monitors. That's one benefit of a closed system like what the console makers use, he said, saying nothing can be published for a console unless it's approved by the console makers. "That's how they maintain a consistent user experience," he said.
Those calculations are tempered in the same report by Joseph Olin, head of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, the industry group that hosts next week's DICE conference of top gaming executives near Las Vegas, as saying: "no one [in the game community]is talking about [stereoscopic 3D now]in the same way that they're talking about game concept and what consumers are looking at within the wide scope of interactive entertainment options today."
Spokespeople from EA and Take Two did not offer specifics about any plans their companies have for 3D games. A representative for Disney told the publication that the company "see video games as a natural fit with 3D", with the standard caveats of gameplay coming first.
Challenges Abound for Stereoscopic 3D Games, Including Cost Extras [Consumer Electronics Daily]