Sony wishes Nintendo good luck with 3DS, because it's 3D

Sony is surely jealous of Nintendo's success in this console cycle, but the two battling companies do have something in common - they want people to believe 3D is the future of gaming, and as such, Sony has nice things to say about the upcoming 3DS.

In a recent interview, Sony Computer Entertainment America's marketing VP Peter Dille says he hopes the people at Nintendo "do a great job" with the 3DS. That's not something you commonly hear a company say about one of its arch rivals.

But the fact is, as Dille points out, "Collectively, we [the entire industry] need to make sure a consumer has a good experience with 3D however they're experiencing it."

If people become interested in the 3DS, they'll realize how much better a 3D gaming experience is. Then, they'll becoming "interested in other 3D platforms," Dille hopes. So the 3DS will essentially be the gateway device.

The 3DS uses a technology called autostereoscopic 3D, which is able to present the same sort of sense of effect as other 3D media, but without glasses.

Nintendo has been less flattering about Sony. In its E3 presentation where it debuted the 3DS, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime mocked Sony's approach and the fact that PS3 3D gamers need to wear special 3D glasses. But Sony has also previously diminished Nintendo's system, saying it isn't "true" 3D and faces technological limitations.

It makes Microsoft the outcast, as the only console maker that has shown no real interest in 3D gaming. The company has said 3D games are possible on the Xbox 360, just like the PS3, but it has no plans to create any first-party 3D games or to promote the console's 3D capabilities.

As someone who owns a 3D TV and has dabbled with all of the PS3's 3D games to date, I'm personally captivated by it, and the glasses are not a big deal to me. But investing heavily into such a technology is a risk, especially since the glasses-required and glasses-free standards are now posing a sort of ad hoc format war. And the last thing Sony wants at this point is for there to be any confusion about 3D.

[Source: Silicon Era]

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  • Fuzunga - November 6, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    Correction: Microsoft is the only sensible company.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 6, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    3DS>PS3's 3D Simple fact Lol
  • Kitsuta - November 6, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    Wait, you mean to tell me that someone at Sony recognized the fact that Nintendo generally aims for a different consumer market, and thus they have more to gain by playing nice (sometimes) than by denigrating everything that doesn't come out of their factory doors? Shocking!
  • Japanaman - November 5, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    Nothing virtual is true 3D! Geez!!! If you want true 3D gaming, go play air hockey or foosball wtih someone.
  • Mikaro - November 5, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    You know what would be a game-changer? A 4D console. Someone get on that.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 5, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    I'm really interested in 3D gaming. I'm saving up for a 3DTV. I hope the PSP2 has 3D.
  • tuomotaivainen - November 5, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    Hey guess what Sony, yours isn't "true" 3D either! You, just like Nintendo, are just placing one screen on top of the other (the other screen being the glasses in the case of Sony) in order to create the illusion of 3D! That's why it's called Stereoscopic (or auto-stereoscopic, in the case of Nintendo) 3D and not just plain old 3D! It should be called Stereoscopic 3D gaming and not 3D gaming.
  • elpurplemonkey - November 5, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    3D with glasses wouldn't be that big a deal to me if I didn't wear glasses. The glasses on glasses action is ok for movies because it's just a couple of hours- but I can't see myself playing any 3D game like that for 3+ hours. Another negative is the price of the glasses- $200+ for each pair is rather unappealing. All that being said, I would like to believe that 3D will be the future for gaming....eventually. For those who can actually afford this stuff, great- but for the other 98% of people- the prices need to go way down. Also, look at Mark 'money-bags' Raby, big spender. Congrats on what sounds like a pretty sweet setup. And I thought game journalists were always complaining about how little they got paid.
  • Scoob - November 5, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    This doesn't surprise me. Sony's future has a huge stake in 3-D going mainstream (TVs, gaming, and cameras). To them, the 3DS may be an entry point for the mainstream consumer into the 3-D space as it will be the cheapest option for 3-D gaming and cameras. The PS3 was meant to do that, but that option has such a high point of entry that is isn't feasible for the typical consumer.
  • blueeyes1991 - November 5, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    I won't get any 3D unless it's without glasses. I have to wear glasses already so I hate wearing 3D glasses. It is impossible to get absorbed into a game or movie when you are wearing two pairs of glasses. The 3DS is exactly what most glasses wearers want 3D to be.
  • WTeen8 - November 5, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    And this is why I'm a Strict Nintendo Owner. I really want the 3DS, the launch games are some of the best titles for a handheld ever. Street Fighter 4! (I don't own a 360 or PS3) And LoZ Ocarina of Time! (never owned the original....I have a sad life.)
  • Hotdiddykong - November 5, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    Thats nice of sony to say, 3D shouldnt be used as a viewing option, Nintendo did it right by making 3D in the 3DS part of the GAMEPLAY, thats how 3D will succeed
  • Clovin64 - November 5, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    If the 3DS gets a proper remake of Final Fantasy VI then I'm sold, not matter what the price tag.
  • andymacsa4 - November 5, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    After seeing Motostorm: Pacific Rift playing on a 55 in Sony 3DTV, I'll say I was impressed. The price point however, totally not worth it.
  • hester2 - November 5, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    It's kind of like when the HD systems came out and we all thought it was too early for HD (it was). Until the tvs go down in price, you're not going to see console 3D take off. Of course, there's always the argument that the popularity of the consoles may have been what helped the tvs become more widespread in the first place, eventually lowering the cost.
  • corndog501 - November 5, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    If I'm gonna get 3D, I may was well get a 3DS since it's glasses free and it's on the go, not to mention that Nintendo has always had the best first party games (this is a fact!). Who cares if the 3D is "not as great", I'm not going to go and shell out thousands of dollars on a 3D TV. Until the cost of 3D TV's go down, you won't see me using the PS3's 3D anytime soon.

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