Sony has updated the PS3's system software to support 3D games and Blu-ray playback, pledging over 30 3D games before the end of the year. Nintendo has built their latest handheld console centered around glasses-free 3D. It's clear that the video game industry is pushing 3D as the next big thing. So why isn't anyone biting?
3DS sales are good, but much less than Nintendo and analysts projected. 3DTV adoption is significantly slower than with HDTVs. Right now the technology is expensive, but more importantly, it's because there just isn't anything out there that's justifies the exorbitant price tag.
MotorStorm: Apocalypse was the first example of how 3D can elevate your enjoyment of a game. But developer Naughty Dog firmly believes that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is going to be the game to prove just how "awesome" 3D in games can get, says Jacob Minkoff, Lead Designer on Uncharted 3:
People are only going to buy 3D when there's awesome stuff in 3D. We're making the awesome stuff that'll drive people to adopt that technology.
If you happened to read our Uncharted 3 GDC preview, you'd know that we agree. We spent a short amount of time with Uncharted 3 in 3D, and were blown away at what the team at Naughty Dog have been able to accomplish, especially the depth added to the environments and the way it assists with aiming and platforming.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is set to release this November exclusively on the PlayStation 3, and we'll finally get to see if it's as "awesome" as they say it will be.