Future Tense: 3DTV Redux



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I've had a 3D TV since they came out in the States and I have never regretted it. It's awesome. My old lady loves it as well.

I think most of the complaints people have are actually unjustified, more like something they heard some one say or read some where and believe it's true. Unfortunately, the person they talked to or read an article by, also heard it from some one else..see where I'm going? A lot of rumors are pushed around about 3D TV that aren't actually true.

I think the library of content is pretty solid these days as well, particularly if you're a gamer. I get a lot of games and in all honesty, at least half to 75% have 3D support. It's to the point that I don't even specifically look for games with 3D support any longer. I just buy them and more often than not, there's a nice little bonus.

Anyhow, I agree with this article wholeheartedly. I said a few years ago that eventually 3D would be a standard feature of TV's regardless if the entire population wants it or not, and I'm glad to see it progressing.

Keep in mind, the sales of TV's in general have declined in the last 2 years, however the sales of 3D TV's have increased in the last 2 years, so.....



I don't care so much for the 3DTV, but if I were in the market for a new tv and the price was right, I'd probably buy one. I figured since I have a PS3, I wouldn't mind having the 3D experience at home. Soon there will be auto stereoscopic 3DTVs, so no need for those pesky glasses soon!



guess I'll need to wait for holographic images- 3d brings headaches pretty quickly in the home environemnt- does not matter - passive or active (active is actually worse)

in the theatre i can get almost through a movie- but then it starts again. - so yeah not my cup of tea



damn, i have superbowl glasses and they work PERFECT with iz3d app. you have NO idea how good they can go on PC without antialising and anistrophic. the lack of antilaising actually helps your vision and turn off motion blur. motion blur ruins it all.



I have an Asus VG236H 3D monitor and twin overclocked GTX580 vid cards with the NVidia 1st gen glasses. It’s nice and immersive. It’s made me jump back from my screen reflexively a couple of times when the gaming action was close. But it is a pain and I game only about 10% of the time with them. The flicker and ghosting are barely perceptible, but are annoying. I can’t say about the 2nd version of displays and glasses, but heard they are a nice improvement. Give it a couple more years and it will be even better. In a couple of years, basically shortly after the release of the next gen consoles that will do a better job with 3D and you will see 3D become more mainstream. I just hope by then 4K 3D and maybe 240 Hz displays will available then.



I also believe 3DTV is here to stay, especially when it comes to TV shows. Sports and documentaries benefit the most from this technology (watching LeBron lose the NBA Finals on ESPN3D was oh so sweet). What I noticed most when watching 3DTV channels is the commercials are more entertaining. 3D Movie Trailers, 3D video game commercials and other 3D advertisements are "Event Television" to me. The products literally jump out of your TV screen. I am more inclined to pay attention to these 3D advertisements rather than change the channel or fast-forward through that DVR recording.



As someone who just purchased a 3D compatible TV, I completely agree with your article, but I think you may have missed what CURRENTLY makes 3D compelling - Games.

There are a ton of great games currently available and even more coming down the pipe that support 3D. Playing a 3D game in a true 3D space is a revelation. Gamers already wear headsets when gaming, it's not hard to add the glasses, especially when it can have real benefits for your in-game performance. Depth cues can make a real difference.

3D Blu-ray is also fantastic, but there isn't the same motivation to use it. The passive experience of a film, can't take advantage of 3D as much as the dynamic experience of a game can.



I understand your side of the argument David, but I have to say I'm not entirely convinced. Ignoring all of the common criticisms, which you listed above, I think the real problem with the 3D experience at home is the lack of a "wow" factor.

Don't get me wrong, Avatar in 3D on the big screen blew my mind and convinced me that 3D was, as you say, inevitably going to take over. Now a few years have passed, and I have yet to see another 3D movie that really "worked" the technology the way that Avatar did. I'm not interested in a gimmicky "oh no it's coming out of the screen" 3D experience (I'm looking at you Captain America with your shield throw). I want to be immersed.

Unfortunately, as good as Avatar was, I'm not going to buy a 55+" 3DTV for one movie. Despite the fact that the content base is growing, the quality of the content base flatlined months and months ago in my opinion.

In short, HD displays were inevitably going to take over because you could sit anyone down in front of two TV's, one 1080P and one traditional, and they would see the difference immediately. Most importantly, literally every piece of content generated for HD displays looks better. It was a no brainer. Sports fans were thrilled to finally be armchair players, grandparents could finally read their stock and news tickers, gamers could get their high resolution fix from the couch instead of the computer chair.

Until 3D technology can deliver THAT standout experience consistently, it won't progress outside of the theater / niche audience.



TRON: Legacy? I thought that movie rocked and the light cycle part was just amazing in 3D.



Presently, I don't feel like I am missing out on anything by not having it. I like a nice picture but I watch movies for story, writing, acting, etc. Maybe someday I will have no choice but to watch in 3d (w/o glasses) and that will be fine, but right now I just don't feel like going out of my way to have it.



This, exactly. So I won't repeat it.



Another great read David.

I agree 3D gives content viewing "event" status and makes the whole experience something to look forward to. That said, I also know a number of people who jumped on the 3D band-wagon only to lose most interest in it, in less than six months after the initial purchase. I believe it (3D television) will have a gimmickry twist or perception until such time that the glasses-free experience comes to the masses (which implies viability and zero to little added cost).

We enjoy it but it's far from being a preoccupation. Nice to have the experience on occasion but isn't worth any sizable premium.
With glasses still being too damn expensive and 3D implementations not being ubiquitous, as, just part of the deal - coupled with lack of readily available content across all media sources - it's simply relegated to being a "fun" bonus.

A fantastic and accurate 2D viewing experience is held in much more high regard to me and most folks I know...

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