Sony: Glasses-free 3D PlayStation 3 not for a while

To the disappointment of many, Sony has dismissed the possibility of a glasses-free, three-dimensional PlayStation 3 experience being available in the near future. The technology, similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS still has a long way to go.

Speaking in an interview with VideoGaming247 at the recent GamesCom expo, Mick Hocking, Senior Director for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Director of World Wide Studio's 3D Stereoscopic Team, stated that the technology should not be expected to appear on large televisions for some time.

"The only way at the moment of achieving high-definition, high quality 3D on a TV is via some form of glasses," he said. "We need to filter the image to each eye."

"Our solution is the active glass solution on the BRAVIA. This is because we can deliver full-resolution frames, there's no drop in resolution and we don't get flicker in our glass solution either, so this, we think, is the best way of achieving the highest possible quality 3D experience on the TV."

Hocking continued to say that a glasses-free solution is currently available for small screens, but issues are still prevalent when brought over to larger displays.

"There are methods that are called autostereoscopic where you don't require glasses, but these are limited in various ways. They only work for a typically single viewer, and they can only show a small amount of depth, so for very small screens they're OK."

"And you scale them up to a big screen; they don't work very well at all. There are no technologies at the moment to do glasses-free technology on TVs, and I don't think that's going to change for a while, actually, because any way you try and do it glasses-free on TV is incredibly complex," hocking said.

"The cost would be very high, even if someone could develop it."

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