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Crysis 3 Coming in Spring 2013, Should Support Stereo 3D

April 24th, 2012 · 9 Comments · Stereo 3D Games


A few days ago EA and Crytek have officially announced the upcoming game Crysis 3 scheduled for release in the spring next year and today they have released the first official gameplay trailer (embedded above). What they’ve forgot to confirm however is if Crysis 3 will support stereoscopic 3D mode as Crysis 2 does and if it does will there also be a full dual rendering and not only their 2D+Depth approach they currently use. The game Crysis 3 will be based on the CryEngine 3 and that engine does have native stereoscopic 3D support, so it will be plain stupid not to have the support available in the game, especially after the good feedback of the stereo 3D support in Crysis 2. Not to mention how the CryEngine’s stereoscopic 3D support is being advertised as a zero implementation solution with the game developer not having to do anything special to have S3D implemented in his title based on the engine. However we still don’t have any official confirmation about Crysis 3 having stereoscopic 3D support…

Now, we all know why Crysis has developed the 2D+Depth approach in CryEngine 3 or as they call it Screen Space Re-Projection Stereo (SSRS), all in order to ensure they can offer a decent stereoscopic 3D experience not only to PC gamers, but also to PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers willing to play in stereo 3D as well. Using the SSRS solution you get just a little performance loss when playing in stereoscopic 3D mode as opposed to the more serious performance hit that a full dual rendering introduces, but the later also does provide a more spectacular and realistic volume experience. And since we did not get full dual rendering stereo 3D mode in Crysis 2 via an update, a lot of gamers are hoping this will be introduced in Crysis 3, at least for PC gamers that can always upgrade their hardware to handle the extra performance requirements. As adding this opposed to the 2D+Depth approach is not possible for consoles where you’ll have to sacrifice details in order to ensure full dual camera rendering in order to fit in the performance capabilities of the PS3 or Xbox 360. Considering that Crysis 3 is scheduled for the spring 2013 or in about a year from now there is quite a lot of time for Crytek to add additional stereoscopic 3D rendering modes, but it is not yet know if they will indeed do that or not. Meanwhile they have started taking pre-orders of Crysis 3 Hunter Edition already that includes some extra bonuses for the most eager gamers.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nathan // Apr 24, 2012 at 23:35

    I am really skeptical about the quality of this game as well as the quality of the 3D. I was NOT happy when I found out they were using SSRS.

  • 2 Dargol // Apr 24, 2012 at 23:44

    I wonder if this game is going to even work on PC! Crysis 2 started crashing after the latest “patch”. Every time I try to resume my campaign, I find myself from the desktop (and I’m not the only one with this problem). I am forced to play it without the patch, ergo I cannot use the high resolution textures or any of the eye candy offered by DirectX11. Way to go Crytek & EA!

  • 3 josh // Apr 25, 2012 at 10:49

    @Dargol

    try calling EA. I have called video game companies with technical issues before, and while they might not be able to help you instantly on the phone they will follow up with an email. perhaps your crysis 2 pc disk or donwload is corrupted to begin with.

  • 4 Ben Reierson // Apr 25, 2012 at 19:51

    I’m not getting my hopes up for full dual rendering in Crysis 3, but I’m glad you’re calling it out. If they want CryEngine to stay relevant for the next few years, it seems like they’ll have to add it at some point.

  • 5 eqzitara // Apr 25, 2012 at 20:47

    Calling EA is a waste of time. Took me 6 chats and over 3 hours to resolve them double billing me. They higher outsourced support and they just regurgitate the same thing over and over like its scripted. Find a forum to ask it on imo.

  • 6 HCForde // Apr 27, 2012 at 06:12

    I think it will be a hard call for them, here is why I think so. The new generation PS3 console SHOULD be out during the Christmas season 2012. If so then there will be enough processing power to run S3D, but there is still the issue about the XBOX. Micro$oft is coy about the release of a new box but has to keep up with the WII U and PS4 offerings . Because of NDA requirements, CRYTEK probably has to be very careful of what it puts out in PR material until it gets sorted out a bit better.

  • 7 Manuel // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:04

    I do not fully agree with your view on SSRS because the 3D experience mainly depends on how much effort has been placed on doing 3D nicely and less on the rendering method. E.g. Avatar is still the very best experience for 3D vision in my opinion even if the rendering is also done differently. Unfortunately, these days many 3D vision ready games do not provide the same immersive experience with 3D coming out of the screen like we are used in 3D movies. Game developers just do not care enough about 3D.

  • 8 Swolern // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:11

    Man i hope we get some good 3d Surround support or this game might get pushed back for me. (When discounted)

  • 9 Swolern // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:12

    Man i hope Crysis 3 gets good 3D Surround support or i will wait until the game is discounted.

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