The Sony PS3 will support the incoming 3D Blu-ray format, it’s official. If you’ve got Sony’s HD console under your telly, you won’t have to change Blu-ray boxes to get the extra dimension. If you’ve got a current gen stand alone Blu-ray player, though, you may be out of luck: read on for the details.
The Blu-ray Disc Association has just announced that it’s completed the spec for 3D Blu-ray standards, and the PS3 will be compatible with it, so Sony’s console can sling movies in 3D 1080p. The new 3D Blu-ray spec will work with any 3D displays, be they LCD, plasma, or projection, ramp up to full HD, and allow for 2D playback on current and 3D players. The spec also allows for 3D Blu-ray menus and navigation.
But here’s the catch. While the PS3 has the graphical horsepower to stream two different 1080p video feeds at one time, one for each eye for the 3D effect, most current Blu-ray players don’t. In other words, if you have a stand alone Blu-ray player, you’ll not only have to buy a new 3D TV, but a 3D Blu-ray player too to get the full experience.
There’s no release date for the first 3D Blu-ray players and discs, but we have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be seeing a lot of demoes at CES next month. We’ll be there, donning goggles to test them out for you, so keep it locked right here.
Out TBC | £TBC | Blu-ray Disc Association
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