It’s not just a 50 title line-up of PS3 games that Sony is throwing 3D at; the company also has plans to use the technology for multiplayer gaming. According to SCEE studio director Mick Hocking, Sony has been showing games developers a dual-screen viewing system that allows two players to see different full-screen visuals simultaneously, and it’s met with a very positive response.
The system – which Hocking doesn’t detail in any great depth, but which presumably takes advantage of shutter glasses to flick a 3D capable display between two 2D images, alternately showing one set to each gamer – would bypass issues where dual-player games on a single display have only half the screen to show each view point. It would also prevent cheating, where one gamer can see the other’s position.
“We have some new technology that we’ve shown to developers that uses 3D techniques, it allows two players to play full screen multi-player games but without each being able to see the others view, and they have been massively keen on them. There’s lots to come.” Mick Hocking, Sony
As for 3D on mobile devices, Hocking says Sony is concentrating on large-screen gaming at present, but that the company is experimenting with “techniques like holographics” and other ways to use 3D. No word on which developers might adopt the dual-view 3D system at this stage.