Why I’m Buying the PlayStation 3D TV (And Why You Should Too)

Jun 11, 2011
Why I’m Buying the PlayStation 3D TV (And Why You Should Too)

At the E3 gaming expo this week, Sony took the wraps off a new PlayStation-branded 3D television that, while a little small, could very well become one of my favorite purchases this year. The 24-inch television is designed to bring more people in on the 3D craze. And in order to achieve that, Sony is pricing the television at $499.

For that price, consumers are actually getting quite a bit. Aside from the set, Sony is bundling a six-foot HDMI cable, a pair of 3D glasses, which will retail separately for $70, and a copy of Resistance 3.

As far as I’m concerned, that value alone is enough for me to want to buy the television bundle. Though I’m not always impressed by it, I do believe that 3D gaming is very much the future of this industry. And in many cases, 3D makes the experience of playing a title far more appealing. But as we know all too well, getting a 3D set is just one piece of the pie. After getting a television, you then need to get a game and glasses to finally experience 3D in the home.

However, with Sony’s option, it’s all in one bundle. And for $499, the same price as the low-end iPad, consumers are getting quite a bit for their cash.

But that’s not even the best reason to get the PlayStation-branded television.

According to Sony, its set will offer a feature that will allow two players to see full-screen content in 3D. So, rather than see the 24-inch display get cut in half when playing with a friend, the television will allow both people to play a respective game with their own unique views in full screen.

Exactly how well that feature will work remains to be seen. But on paper, it sounds like a fantastic idea. One of the biggest issues with offline multiplayer is that the screen is chopped in half. If Sony’s television can deliver on its full-screen promise for multiplayer gaming, there’s no doubt I’ll be buying it.

Now, I’m sure that there are some out there that would balk at the idea of buying a 24-inch television. And to some extent, I can’t blame them. At 24 inches, Sony’s television is certainly no replacement for TV in the living room. In fact, it’s not even a replacement for my office -- I’m currently looking at a 26-inch monitor as I type this column.

However, Sony’s television will be a nice complement in my office. I can see myself putting the TV next to my computer monitors and when I feel like playing a title or doing research for a game review, I can switch right over and do so with Sony’s set.

And although my college days are behind me, I can see Sony’s television becoming an ideal choice for a couple of dorm roommates that want to chip in and have a really neat set to play games on.

It’s not often that I get excited about a 24-inch television, but Sony’s upcoming hardware has become a very big exception. When it launches, expect to find me in-store picking one up.

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