Sony has thrown its weight behind 3D in a very big way and Nintendo, in its own way, has done the same. Microsoft? It's still a little more conservative when it comes to moving the gaming experience towards the third dimension. Is Microsoft making the correct decision?
Speaking to Eurogamer, Senior Product Manager David Dennis claimed that Microsoft is allowing consumers to lead the way.
"There was a big rush by some other folks in the industry to convince people they want to play in 3D," he said. "You can question the motivations of why they want to make everyone go buy a new TV perhaps, but I think 3D has to fit in a natural way where it fits with the gameplay.
"Something we're watching and wanting to understand from consumers is whether this is something they actually want.
"Does it add to the gaming experience? Does it distract from the gaming experience? Is it something they want to play long-term? Or is it something they try a few times and then go back to regular 2D modes?"
Obviously Sony has a huge investment in 3D with its Bravia line of TVs, and the Nintendo 3DS' main point of difference is glasses free 3D. Microsoft, in that regard, has the luxury of being more conservative with 3D.
I find the approach quite sensible. The simple fact is that 3DTV penetration is low, plenty of consumers are against it, and most are unsure of what it actually does to enhance gaming.
Microsoft still hesitant on 3D [Eurogamer]