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3D Video Games Sound as Good as Dead. Good.

Illustration for article titled 3D Video Games Sound as Good as Dead. Good.

3D was everywhere a year or two ago. Now it's...nowhere. Not even the 3DS, a handheld designed with the tech as its key selling point, uses it that often anymore. So is the tech dead in the water?

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It is according to EA, with EA Sports boss Peter Moore telling Eurogamer "3D is certainly not in any way on our list of things we are focused upon as a company. I look at gaming, and it just doesn't seem to be a major factor."

"It's just not a technology particularly in our world of gaming that seems to have got traction", he later adds. "If I was sceptical 18 months ago I remain sceptical."

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While Sony, who led the charge with its push for 3D tech on the PS3, remains at least publicly committed to the idea (despite offering little in the way of incentive or new product over the past 12 months), when EA and even Nintendo come out and shrug at the concept you're not far away from hearing a death rattle.

Which can only be a good thing. While some kind of three-dimensional display is almost inevitable somewhere down the line - maybe soon, maybe in "flying cars" time - right now it's simply too expensive and cumbersome for the mainstream.

EA says stereoscopic 3D "isn't a major factor" as tech fails to turn up at Sony press conferences [Eurogamer]

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No offense Luke, but up yours, with Canadian kindness lol :D

3D movies are awesome, when used properly, like Avatar, Tron etc... Amazing with captain cannabis and surround sound at home.

3D Gaming is incredible too, when you have things set up properly, and the game fully supports it, makes things far more immersive.

Until Carmack's VR display comes out, you can't beat 3D gaming on a giant screen at home, especially in titles like GTA, Batman, Skyrim and Fallout, all amazing experiences.

My 52 inch Panasonic vierra, on top of being 3D ready, converts any 2d image into 3d internally, and does an amazing job of it, I'm quite amazed of its quality really!

The 3DS is awful for most games because the viewing area is tiny, one wrong wrist movement and the effect is lost, and after time headache city, however, I hear the 3DS XL will have a wider viewing area?

btw, I used to use seteoscopic 3d on my crt back when GTA 3 came out on the pc, I couldn't wait for LCD's and giant tv's to catch up and be affordable. The time is now folks, especially with those conveniently chargeable wide-lens glasses, super light, comfortable and easy to maintain.

Stay away from theater style glasses set ups, or the cheap stuff for home theaters, guaranteed headaches from low resolutions and interlaced nonsense.