Goodbye Splitscreen Cheating!
Sony has announced almost everything there is to know about their latest 3D product, the Playstation 3D Display, and we're here to give you the skinny on what to expect, what you'll need, what it does and how to get it.
First and foremost, let's cover the TV itself.
- A 24" 3D 1080p HD display with a super slim screen
- 2D and 3D can be toggled for movies/games and whatnot
- Two built in side speakers and a rear subwoofer
- Two HDMI and one component set of plug-ins available
- The glasses are compatible with most Active 3D Shutter (IR emitting) 3DTVs
- SimulView Technology, this is pretty rad, I'll get to it next
What is SimulView Technology?
This gives players the ability to play two-player games on the same screen, while each player's screen is only visible to them. Since this is a trick using the 3D capabilities of the TV, the game is rendered in 2D for each player (otherwise you'd have some sort of 3D in 3D Inception thing going on). Still, the fact that players can play on the same TV and be given fullscreen visuals is a fantastic and innovative move by Sony. No more cheating by looking at your buddy's screen!
What's even more interesting is the price of this piece of equipment, $499.99. What do you get for this?
- The 24" 3D HD display
- One pair of Playstation 3D Glasses
- One HDMI cable
- A copy of Motorstorm Apocalypse
- **Plus** all preorders received before September 30th, 2011 will receive a free copy of Resistance 3
So this is quite interesting indeed! You'll need to grab a second pair of glasses ($69.99) if you want to utilize the SimulView capabilities of the PS3 and Display, but asides from that this is a great deal. Subtract $120 for the value of the two games and $70 for the glasses and you're basically left paying $310 for a 24" 1080p High-Definition Active 3D ready TV. That is, to say the least, ridiculous.
While I find this neat myself, I unfortunately need a TV with an array of plug-ins. I need all the RCA jacks and speaker ports to plug in my Dreamcast, N64, PS2, VCR, Wii, non-HD cable box and surround sound receiver. I also don't have room for a second TV, so it looks like I'll be missing out on this one. However, if you have a dedicated gaming room or only own a Playstation 3 console, this could be an epic transition for sure.
So now you want to pre-order, I don't blame you. Head on over to Amazon, Gamestop, BestBuy, Target or Sony and get your order in! All we're waiting on now is a full list of SimulView compatible games.
To be released December 1st 2011. Be sure to let us know what you think about this new product in the comments!