In late 2009, Sony announced its plans to create a 3D Bravia television via a demonstration of Wipeout HD using a PlayStation 3. This was the first example of 3D gaming on a console, and Sony promised that more was in the works. Sony then officially took the first step towards 3D gaming in April of 2010 with a firmware update that prepared all existing PlayStation 3 consoles for the imminent release of the system’s first 3D games.
After all of Sony’s “prep work”, the day for 3D gaming on the PlayStation 3 is finally here.
Beginning June 10th, Sony will be launching four games and demos that can be experienced in full “Stereoscopic 3D”:
WipEout HD (full game): Experience the adrenalin rush of navigating the twists and turns of futuristic racetracks at breathtaking speeds like never before. Super Stardust HD (full game): Experience asteroids fly past you as you navigate the deadly battleground — only a battle on a cosmic level will save the indigenous life below from destruction. PAIN: The stereoscopic 3D content will include the Downtown area and tutorial along with three modes, including two new modes created specifically with stereoscopic 3D in mind, Alien Toss and Ice Breaker. MotorStorm Pacific Rift (demo): MotorStorm Pacific Rift in stereoscopic 3D puts you in the driver’s seat of a buggy for a one track, single player race around the deadly Kanaloa Bay for a dangerously real battle against ruthless opponents.
The previous list, along with the full announcement from Sony, can be found at the PlayStation.Blog.
Of course, the only way to experience these games is via a 3D television. While any 3D television will suffice, Sony is now taking preorders for its aforementioned 3D capable BRAVIA HDTV, with televisions shipping later this month.
3D entertainment has clearly been the theme of 2010, and is looking to be the next big technological advance. Whether or not gamers actually take full advantage of the 3D experience, it is refreshing that this technology is stretching past the typical media formats of television shows and movies and entering the realm of video games.