177w 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...
178w ago - Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) President Hal Halpin has extended an invitation to video gamers to sign the Gamer Petition to preserve video gaming in America.
To quote: This winter, the game industry – developers, publishers, retailers, et al – will face the single biggest legal challenge that such entertainment, broadly, has ever been up against and in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
The State of California had appealed the U.S. Ninth Circuit decision to strike down the so-called CA "video game violence" law in Schwarzenegger v EMA, which every court had done in every such "violent video game" case. But this time was different; For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the case (via "accepting certiorari" aka "cert").
To be blunt, none of us expected it and we were all taken back by the decision. Just 1% of cases filed are granted cert – one percent!
At stake: gaming in America. Yes, you read that correctly.
California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) is the former child psychologist who championed the "violent video game" bill from inception and is coordinating with California Attorney General,...
178w 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...
183w 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.
185w ago - Today the ANZ Manager of Content Services Nino Kalogeropoulos has posted up a video showcasing PS3 3D Gaming, the Video Store and PlayStation Move at the recent OZ Community Event.
To quote: Last week we told you about the 'PlayStation Life in 2010′ community event that was held at Sydney's 'Coogee Beach' to usher the new Australian PSN Video Store, as well as showcase some of the upcoming technologies that SCE has in store for later on in the year.
We're talking about 3D games, as well as PlayStation Move 'motion controller' experiences of course. Well now we have actual footage from the event, so you can check it all out for yourself.
We just can't wait to get our hands on one of those PS Move controllers once again.