E3 2011: Sony's Playstation 3D Monitor eyes-on

Sony clearly believes that 3D support for TV in the home is going to be a "big thing" in the near future. Its Playstation 3 console supports true stereoscopic 3D (Microsoft could perhaps do the same for the Xbox 360 but doesn't appear interested in putting this feature in) and a number of current and upcoming PS3 games support 3D. Now Sony is trying to get college students and families to get on board the 3D bandwagon with a couple of new products and a new feature.

At Sony's pre-E3 2011 press conference on Monday we got to check out the newly revealed Playstation Monitor. It's a fully 3D supported monitor that can also be a solid 24 inch flat screen TV. That's the perfect size for apartments, college dorm rooms, bedrooms and other locations. The Playstation Monitor has 2 HDMI ports, a component video port, a speaker system with subwoofer and full 1080p resolution support.

The design of the monitor is nothing spectacular but it doesn't really need to be. It's small, compact but has features that larger TV that cost more don't have. Sony will include an HDMI cable (a nice touch) a pair of 3D glasses and a free copy of the upcoming shooter Resistance 3 with the Monitor for a cool price of $499. In addition to the new monitor, Sony will sell pairs of wireless 3D glasses for about $70 each later this fall. Oddly enough Nvidia announced just a few days ago that it will release a wired stereoscopic 3D glasses set up for PCs for $99 later this month. We think it's cool Sony will basically undercut Nvidia and keep its 3D glasses wireless.

The very cool feature that will make gamers happy is that Sony has found a way to use stereoscopic 3D in a new way. In a split screen game two gamers can put on the stereoscopic 3D glasses, One gamer can see his side in full screen with the glasses while his buddy can see his side on the full screen while wearing the second pair of 3D glasses. No more annoying two viewpoints on one screen with this set-up. We tried this out at the press conference and it works really well.

The Playstation Monitor is such a cool bundle for a reasonable price that we might even consider buying one ourselves. After all the Monitor can also show Blu-Ray 3D movies with the PS3 and other 3D enabled TV shows and movies. But it will be the PS3 3D games that will likely keep us using the Monitor. It's due for release this fall.

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Being as I currently use an LG 22 inch 1650 x 1050 TV as a computer monitor, this could be SERIOUSLY enticing as an upgrade.

1080p on a 24" monitor. That's great if you're 4' from it. It would be WAY too small for a bedroom. I can't image trying to do multiplayer on it.
It's pretty exciting that they include an HDMI cable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ahhell said,
1080p on a 24" monitor. That's great if you're 4' from it. It would be WAY too small for a bedroom. I can't image trying to do multiplayer on it.
It's pretty exciting that they include an HDMI cable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because you don't need to split screen multiplayer. Dun Dun Dun. Well, thats what Sony is hoping anyway.

It looks overweight with those bulging sides. Also its Sony and I'm not paying for their development costs of DRM and root kits and other copy protections schemes. I'll wait for the Samsung version for half the price!

3D is hype that doesn't catch
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I actually quite like the design of the monitor (not really sure why, but I do). I also think that the split-screen idea is excellent!

lexa000 said,
Is it capable of doing 3D from computers as well?

If you buy the $100 Nvidia 3D kit, then yes. Otherwise, I don't think computers can emitt the right 3D signal from their HDMI ports.

The part about having split screens having 3D support on only your side is pretty sweet. I hope Microsoft jumps on once 3D technology becomes cheaper.

L1ke 20 N1njas said,
The part about having split screens having 3D support on only your side is pretty sweet. I hope Microsoft jumps on once 3D technology becomes cheaper.

Article didn't say each split was 3D. I suspect they are just using the glasses to split 2 2D images off and send one to each pair of glasses.

BrainDedd said,

Article didn't say each split was 3D. I suspect they are just using the glasses to split 2 2D images off and send one to each pair of glasses.
I believe I misunderstood the article. After watching my recorded Sony press conference, I realize that what you have said is the intended purpose of this TV.

L1ke 20 N1njas said,
I hope Microsoft jumps on once 3D technology becomes cheaper.

Microsoft are working on their own 3d display technology that is, glassesless.
Once they've refined it to a point where it works for more than 22% of the population (estimate of current technology effectiveness) without giving us blistering headaches, they will then try to find OEMs to encorporate their tech into future sets.

To see a preliminary prototype of the MS tech, head over to research.microsoft.com/videos ad watch the video from the Applied Sciences Group: Smart Interactive Displays.
http://research.microsoft.com/...ault.aspx?id=145477&l=i

What you see here is using Kinect to determine where your eyes are and directing a distinct image into each eye. This sure beats the neauseating view from current displays with active flipping on and off of the lense in front of the eye. You could theoretically achieve the same effect Sony are trying to achieve with the splitscreen sending distinct 2d images to each player, as demoed near the end of this video.

Once (or If) this technology matures to a useable point, then 3d really has a chance.