PlayStation 3D Display – Diving Into 3D Gaming On the PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 3D Display was an accessory that seemed great for the PlayStation 3. When it was announced at E3 in 2011, I was intrigued by playing certain console games in 3D. The PlayStation 3D Display looked to be a great fit for PlayStation gamers, whether you are looking for 3D gaming or use of the SimulView technology, which in my opinion is fantastic if you do a lot of two player gaming at home. Looking at the details of the PlayStation 3D Display during the E3 announcement, it was nice, it looked great and it certainly looked like a fantastic addition to anyone’s bedroom or office. It was especially great if you were in need of a new TV. The E3 announcement of the PlayStation 3D Display was great all the way up until they announced the price of $499.
As you may know, the PlayStation 3D Display was released in November of last year and has since dropped in price multiple times. From my point of view, I wanted it right away, but at $499 it was way too expensive and was never going to happen. However, after all of these price drops, I kept looking at it closer and closer and finally, at $179 I couldn’t say no. I had saved up over the past year for something special and at that price it was a no brainer that I should pick it up. Here I am with the PlayStation 3D Display that not only offers 3D gaming, but full HD with a sharp looking picture to play your games on. It comes with a pair of 3D glasses and a copy of MotorStorm Apocalypse and it’s finally a worthy deal and should be a fantastic Christmas item this holiday season.
The PlayStation 3D Display is a 24in TV with two HDMI ports and 1 component. It comes with only one pair of 3D glasses, so if you plan to use the SimulView to play a two player game with one screen, you’ll need to purchase another pair of 3D glasses. Thankfully, that price has dropped as well, from $69.99 to $29.99. They have finally made this a worthy purchase for all gamers.
I am very happy with my new PlayStation 3D Display. As I said, it looks so good, smooth, sharp, crisp and beautiful to play my games on and it’s just as good to play them in 3D. It puts a little more strain on my eyes compared to the 3DS, but if you take enough breaks, you’ll be fine. Heck, you don’t even have to use the 3D at all if you don’t want to; it’s such a good looking screen that you’ll be happy to use it without the 3D effect. The 3D can pretty much be thought of as a bonus for whenever you feel like checking it out.
It’s not a big issue, but one thing you will notice about the TV is that every once-in-a-while you’ll see a strong glare, but if you have a bold and bright picture in front of you, you won’t have to worry about it at all. My second complaint would be the sound. I think a lot of people will be happy with it and even I think it’s acceptable, but it’s not as smooth sounding as I would have hoped. Thankfully, since this TV is best suited for a bedroom or office, you have a headphone jack that you can easily connect to. I would also like to note that for my experience, the 3D glasses are slightly uncomfortable and end up hurting the top of my nose after a while. On one occasion, I believe the 3D was a bit too much for me and I think it caused me to experience motion sickness. I had to close my eyes and lay down after playing Uncharted 3.
Let’s wrap this up quickly from another point of view. With the PlayStation 3D Display, you get a great looking TV from Sony for $179 at GameStop. It features full 1080P HD, 2 HDMI slots, 1 component, works with all consoles and cable boxes and everything you see will look beautiful on this TV. Now, for the added bonuses, it features 3D, SimulView, comes with a copy of MotorStorm Apocalypse and a pair of 3D glasses. That’s one heck of a deal and a perfect Christmas gift for someone who would like a new TV to game on.
Here are some thoughts on a handful of games that I have experienced in 3D so far.
Assassin’s Creed III
Starting with the most recent release, Assassin’s Creed III is a fantastic game and one that I love to play, especially when it comes to sailing on the high seas and participating in naval battles. Instantly, I was excited to play this game in 3D. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it would be. The opening of each mission looks good in 3D, but once you start playing, I didn’t enjoy the 3D effect at all. So, I let that be and returned to land where I did find one part that I really enjoyed. I loved running through the tree’s and jumping from one to another while seeing it in 3D. That looked really good, but again, it was only fun to see and not fun to play for a long period of time. So Assassin’s Creed III has some good 3D moments, but nothing that will keep you playing it in 3D.
Now here is one of the best adventure games you can play and that goes for 3D as well. I played through a favorite level of mine and the game looks great in 3D and didn’t bother me too much at all… until the end where I got a little bit tired of the screen. I played the level that begins in the forest, which looks great by the way and then you make your way into the old mansion. I can definitely see myself going through all of my favorite levels once again in 3D and I am sure a lot of you would enjoy it as well. I just hope that the motion sickness was from playing too much in one sitting.
Here is a game that you can pretty much max out the 3D effect. It still isn’t great and you may want to adjust it slightly, but it does look decent enough. This is the game that comes along with the purchase of the 3D Display. It’s a lot of fun to race in this fast paced action-packed title, with one crash after the next. It’s a fun arcade style racer with a lot of cool surrounding effects that you’ll enjoy viewing in 3D.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
Here is a game that makes the 3D look great and can even improve on the experience by playing the game in 3D. Once again, you’ll need to adjust the 3D properly, but once you find a good level, it looks great and can be a lot of fun playing it in 3D. I loved watching shots go on net while playing in 3D, it just made the experience much better.
MLB 12 The Show
Here is another good example of good 3D gaming. You can’t play it in 3D with the 3D effect all the way up, but you can find a good middle ground where it looks good with very little shadowing effect. It was less strenuous on the eyes and I could enjoy 9 innings of baseball, but I still had to take a few minute breaks every few innings. Again, it will be different for everyone and what your eyes can handle.