149w ago - Over the weekend JoyStiq revealed that Sony is limiting use of 1080p 3D in PS3 games while opting for 720p, and today both PC World (linked above) and Eurogamer explain why Sony mandates 720p for PS3 3D while admitting the PlayStation 3 can do 3D 1080p.
Sony's Simon Benson confirmed that the PS3 can do 3D gaming in 1080p, but developers are generally encouraged to keep PS3 3D games at 720p due to frame rates and related issues that may arise with 1080p in PlayStation 3 3D gaming.
To quote: "3D exacerbates the issue, requiring the system process two discrete interlaced images--one for each eye--to fake depth perception.
In an undated tech presentation by a Sony engineer, the engineer admits "rendering two images from the same hardware may require compromises or limit the possibilities," citing performance ("the scene must be rendered twice"), VRAM usage ("the frame buffer may be larger in some cases"), and resolution limits ("more pixels may be processed") as mitigating factors in the list of technical considerations."
According to Eurogamer, to quote: "Tt's simply the case that the new stereo 3D support built into the...
150w ago - Just a few weeks back Sony revised their PSN Terms of Service for PlayStation Plus, and this weekend Examiner.com (linked above) reports that the PlayStation Network TOS have been updated once again to reflect PS3 3D gaming.
According to Forum user TheShroomster, Sony is also sending out the new Terms via e-mail for registered users to review.
"Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.
SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough...
154w ago - Today Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller has confirmed that the ultimate 3D gaming experience, stereoscopic 3D gaming, is arriving on the PlayStation 3 entertainment system tomorrow as part of the planned 3D PS3 Firmware update.
To quote: Starting tomorrow, high-definition stereoscopic 3D gaming will be available in your very own living rooms! As you already know, all PlayStation 3 systems are already equipped with everything they need to play stereoscopic 3D games.
Thanks to a free firmware update released this past April, the PS3 system is the only console on the market that can support full stereoscopic 3D gaming -- right from your living room, and with no additional charge.
158w ago - Today Sony's Content Producer Barry Keating has spotlighted Media Molecule unveiling LittleBigPlanet 2 for PS3 at a recent event in London to gaming journalists.
To quote: Two million levels designed by you, the PlayStation community, and still counting; those were the numbers tossed around at the outset of the spectacular LittleBigPlanet 2 unveiling in London last week by Media Molecule'sAlex Evans.
And what better way to celebrate those huge figures that you guys have made possible through all your hard work and dedication than by lifting the curtain on the sequel to the awarding winning PlayStation 3 smash hit?
With a packed room in sight, filled with eager games journalists all chomping at the bit to see what Alex and the team at Media Molecule had in store, the event kicked off with slick trailer showcasing the powerful new tools that you can use to build whole games (yes, you read that right - WHOLE GAMES) in this fresh and exciting LittleBigPlanet world including a riff on the classic arcade shooter, Space Invaders.
Throw in a grappling hook, the hilarious Sackbots, the new Direct Control system and a peek inside some of the story-based new levels and it's safe to say everyone in the room was just as eager as...
175w ago - Today PlayStationLifestyle.net (linked above) has uncovered a patent (USPTO) which may be for an upcoming PS3 fitness exercise gaming device.
To quote: The fitness controller is described as such:
"The present invention embodiments promote performance of exercise by users during a computer simulation or game. An embodiment of the present invention includes an exercise device with a plurality of effector or gripping members in the form of handles to be manipulated by a user.
A coil steel spring provides the resistance for the handles that may be compressed together or pulled apart for resistance-based exercise. The device further includes additional input devices to interact with a simulation or gaming scenario.
The user applies forces to the handles to interact with the scenario, thereby requiring the user to perform exercises during the simulation or game play."