3D High Definition Gaming: Is It Worth the Hype?

3D High Definition Gaming: Is It Worth the Hype?

Anthony Nguyen
Jun 28, 2011

As we gradually come to a close of our gaming theme this month, we went ahead and ordered a brand spankin' new 3D LED television for our offices. The goal? 3D gaming, of course! Although we've heard plenty of rumors about potential negative side effects of 3D TVs, we haven't had a chance to give it a go in our own studio until now. Here's a quick summary of our first impressions.

QUICK FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

After plugging in the Playstation 3 and firing up the Bluetooth 3D glasses that came with our new Samsung 55" D8000 Series LED TV, we immediately jumped into some Killzone 3 to see what it'd be like to shoot some Helghast in the third dimension.

Result? Pretty darn awesome. One thing we started to quickly realize, however, was that today's games tended to focus on background action rather than forefront, making the incorporated 3D effect feel more like a distraction than anything. Eventually, we just turned it off since we felt like normal 2D mode gave us better handling on overall gameplay.

Now, our opinions quickly changed from skeptical to completely floored when we launched our PSN purchased copy of Wipeout HD. Although we're pretty 50/50 here when it comes to racing games, if there's one game that's worth trying out in 3D, it's gotta be this one. The effects are convincing, purposeful, and adds an additional dimension to the gameplay experience (on top of the literal 2D to 3D jump, of course).

So, is 3D gaming where it's at? Though we've had our doubts, from what we're seeing pulled off with today's tech - it's hard to recommend against it. Especially now that the best screens on the market come with 3D standard and includes a pair of "free" glasses anyway, it doesn't hurt to try it out if you're purchasing a new TV this year.

What are your thoughts and previous experiences with 3D gaming on the big screen?

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