Tekken X Street Fighter in stereoscopic 3D is unlikely... because it's really hard

You know how every time 3D gaming comes up, everyone complains about needing to wear glasses and how 3D TVs are too expensive? It isn't just consumers. If you were the head of a development team, how would you justify the time and resources required to develop for 3D technology, unless, maybe, your company manufactured 3D TVs? That's the dilemma facing Namco as it develops the penultimate fighting game super-mashup.

Developing a stereoscopic 3D game is very challenging. Instead of creating a game that runs at 60 frames per second, which already requires optimizing the hell out of any engine, a 3D game requires two such images to be displayed. That effectively means it needs to run at 120 frames per second. It's all just a bit much for Tekken lead guy Katsuhiro Harada.

When asked in a CVG interview if the final version of Tekken X Street Fighter would be playable in 3D, Harada said the team believes it would be worthwhile, but that "there is still the technological hurdle." He continued, "It's kind of hard to say at this point."

Above: If there’s no 3D in Tekken X Street Fighter, there may be rioting. That is, if there happens to be any two people on the same street corner who own a 3D TV, 3D glasses, a PS3, and the fighting game fanboy gene...

Producer Yoshinori Ono chimed in during the same interview saying, "At this point, talking about 3D if you think about the frame-rate, with 3D games it is doubled and because both of our fighting games are of high-grade gaming it is 60 frames per second. Running a 120 fps game is pretty difficult so we're not sure about that."

Then, of course, there's the fact that 3D gaming might just kill you. Okay, that's hyperbole, but the downsides aren't lost on developers.

At this time, the only games running in full stereoscopic 3D are on the PS3, and they're first-party Sony titles. It has apparently been difficult to convince developers to devote time and effort to 3D games when, realistically, only a tiny fraction of the audience will be able to appreciate it. 3D TVs cost an arm and a leg, and even 3D glasses are selling for around $150 per pair. That said, 3D PS3 games can look wicked awesome, and we're sure the residents of Park Avenue penthouses will love them.

So that fantasy you have about Chun Li and Lei Wulong dueling in stereoscopic 3D is probably going to have to remain a pipe dream for now. But so what - there's a game coming out that puts Street Fighter and Tekken characters together. We're all winners.

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  • loki13ghosts - February 17, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Personally 3D knocks me sick... yeah its all the rage with the band wagon but so was HD bout 4-5 years ago .... On a note of SF vs Tekken... I'd love to see them do MK vs SF 2 of the greatest Beat em ups ever go at it head to head... or maybe a Marvel Vs DC one if that could be worked out.
  • Mamudo - September 9, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    I personally am not in to 3d, it's has nothing to do with affording one or not. It's something that never appealed to me and still doesn't.
  • CoryRX8 - September 8, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    How about a little fact checking in the article? The PS3 isn't the only console with 3D capabilities, and there are third-party 3D titles available; Avatar and Invincible Tiger could be played in 3D on the Xbox 360 LAST YEAR, and neither of those were Microsoft-developed titles. They weren't especially good games, but they were the first games that I played in 3D on my Panasonic. Just because Sony is hyping the PS3 like it's the only 3D-capable console doesn't make it so.
  • Charlie_Fubar - September 8, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    @grappler51 I have a 3d tv... its awesome. All you people bashing 3d really just dont have the money to afford one. Lets be honest atleast.
  • quincytheodore - September 8, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    Is there anyone who actually have 3D TV? It cost 6-7 times my HD TV and I love my HD...
  • thedonut - September 8, 2010 4:36 a.m.

    Oh well. Wait a few years and glasses-less 3Dtv's will come out.
  • kit07 - September 8, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    once 3D tvs come down in price, i'll probably sell my HDtv and upgrade. just like a RPG! Gil -3000 TV Skill +5
  • darkvare - September 8, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    the thing are way too expensive anyways
  • BonafideMyth - September 8, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    I was worried that by won't be in 3D you ment 3D like Virtua Fighter/Soul Calibur, not 3D like Avatar. Anybody want to buy some shoes, or some clothes, check out my website.
  • JimmyCooldaddy - September 8, 2010 1:51 a.m.

    yeah, it's like when games first started using polygons. For the time, it looked good. But it had a long way to go to get to Halo/Uncharted level of quality. Exciting times. Stay thirsty my friends...
  • SwampRock - September 8, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    I like 3D but 120FPS? not going to happen for a few years
  • JimmyCooldaddy - September 8, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    I have wipeout and motorstorm in 3d. Well worth buying a 3d tv!
  • n00b - September 8, 2010 12:49 a.m.

  • lewis42025 - September 8, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    i HATE the 3D craze to be honest. i really hope they don't keep trying for a 3D Tekken X Street fighter cuz that's a crap-load of resources that could be spent much wiser
  • grappler51 - September 8, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Who has a 3D capable TV anyway? No one, that's the answer.

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