3D Gaming Would Have Cost A Fortune 10 Years Ago

Think a PlayStation 3 and a 3D-ready television is expensive now? According to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe senior engineer Ian Bickerstaff, the same technology would have cost you near three-quarters of a million dollars.

Sony took its first steps into the realm of 3D gaming today on the PlayStation 3, launching updates to four titles so they can take advantage of today's 3D television technology. And while the concept of purchasing a whole new television just for 3D gaming seems rather pricey, that's nothing compared to what the same tech would cost a mere decade ago.

Speaking to Tech Radar, Ian Bickerstaff marvels over how much the price has come down.

"The thing that's really exciting for me is that these sort of systems used to cost half a million pounds to give you that level of 3D," said Bickerstaff.

"We're only talking about the late 90s – not that long ago - and suddenly we're at the point where this is actually going to be affordable to people for their living rooms."

With the lowest-priced 3D-ready TV at Best Buy still running more than $US1700, my and Mr Bickerstaff's definition of affordable seem to be at odds.

Still, it surely beats more than $US700,000. At that rate of depreciation, I might just wait another 10 years, when the same technology is $US5.

3D PS3 'would have cost you £500k 10 years ago' [Tech Radar]


    Wow! look at how much cheaper it is :0 I shall rush out and buy a 3D TV right now.

    What a load of bs.... i was playing 3d pc games back in the days of quake 3 with trusty old shutter galsses and a 20 inch crt.... marketing bunkum...

      Yes, but your PC didn't have a 50" LCD panel with as high a refresh rate, and the shutter glasses might not have been wireless.

      He isn't saying that 3D wasn't possible 10 years ago; just that today's technology would have cost more back then, which is not particularly surprising.

    I still don't like the use of the shutter glasses tech at home though, still have drawbacks. :(

    In the early 90's a 29" standard definition TV cost more than $1700, so it is actually pretty cheap.

    Sega Master System 3D glasses:

    those were the days

    Never understood the hate on 3DTV's being expensive, walked into my nearest Harvey Norman and they were selling them for around $3000. I mean I bought my TV for around $3000 2years ago.

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