Good news coming from EA about the upcoming First Person Shooter Crysis 2 that is expected to be available by the end of the year. During a press conference at E3 Expo Electronic Arts has announced that the game will support Stereoscopic 3D mode not only on the PC, but also in its console version available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and this probably means native S3D support built-in the game engine, as Xbox 360 still does not offer any official Stereo 3D support on console level, unlike the PS3 and PC. Unfortinately still not a lot of details are being disclosed, but we’ll probably get more details with the game nearing its official release date that still hasn’t been announced yet…
“At Crytek, we always strive to raise the technology bar. As the 3D revolution sweeps movies and television, we are excited to bring Crysis 2 to 3D, making it the first big action game to be available in true stereoscopic 3D,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO and President of Crytek. “The 3D experience represents a quantum leap in interactive entertainment. With all of the same story and action seen in the 2D version of the game, the 3D version adds another dimension of intensity and immersion to the action.”
Whether played in 3D or standard 2D, Crysis 2 drops players into a devastated New York in the midst of an attack by a frightening alien species. The alien enemies are armed with deadly weaponry and exceptional sensory abilities that test players’ skill and push them to the limit. These terrifying invaders stalk the streets of New York, leaving the streets in chaos and the skyline in flaming ruin. Surrounded by catastrophic destruction, players harness the superhuman abilities of the Nanosuit to level the playing field, becoming the ultimate weapon on a mission to save New York.
Now, considering the fact that first Crysis games was one of the most demanding titles for your hardware when it was first released, so we can expect to get the same from Crysis 2 too, especially when played in stereo 3D mode. And when talking about that I’m referencing the PC version of the game, as with the console versions it will most likely be a bit stripped down from advanced graphical effects and features in order to be able to provide good performance even in stereo 3D mode. So you better start thinking about upgrading your PCs CPU and GPU from now if they are not yet up to date… ;)
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Sony has announced on their blog a little more information about their upcoming new System Software Update version 3.30 for the PlayStation 3 console that is supposed to be available shortly. And one of the announced new features in the blog post is the much anticipated stereoscopic 3D support for the console that will allow you to play games in S3D mode. Sony does not announce an exact date when will the update be released, but it does say it should be available in time for the Bravia 3D HDTVs official release so this means this summer for sure. Have in mind that at first the update will include stereoscopic 3D support only for gaming, it seems that we’ll have to wait a bit more before getting stereo 3D support for playing back Blu-ray 3D movies on the console. This second update is expected to be available later this year and maybe it can happen for example in the 3.40 system software release, but nothing is sure as of this moment, so you should hold on a bit longer for the 3D movies part.
Now, back to the 3D gaming part – the first new games that are expected to come with stereo 3D support for the PS3 console are Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD and Motorstorm Pacific Rift. They will probably be available as free downloadable demos along with full versions, that you can purchase, with both of the releases supporting stereoscopic 3D mode. Unfortunately there will not be an option to convert in real-time all the already available games for the PS3 into stereo 3D, or at least at first it will not be possible (wondering why?). Recently I was at a demonstration of a prototype of a Sony Bravia 3D TV (HX800) and saw some stereoscopic 3D videos demonstrating the gameplay of the above 3 titles and I was very impressed, especially with Wipeout HD. Unfortunately there were only videos of gameplay from the mentioned games, but there was also some other stereoscopic 3D videos, including a preview of the upcoming Blu-ray 3D release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I can say that the preview of the movie in 3D was quite nice, but was not so impressive as some of the other videos that Sony has shown such as 3D footage from football (soccer) matches and especially the 3D videos shot in the Asahiyama Zoo (the most popular zoo in Japan). So I’m already eagerly awaiting for Sony to have their stereo 3D hardware and most of all content for it, as the company can provide a lot in-house produced 3D content. And as you already know at this moment the lack of 3D content is one of the most serious issues for the early adopters of the 3D HDTVs that some brands already have available on the market and others are preparing to launch soon.
- To read the information about the 3.30 system update on the US Sony PS3 blog…
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With the first wave of new 3D-ready hardware getting ready to hit us anytime now a lot of people seem to have doubts if they should get to be first in the line or wait until the summer to see how will things work out with more hardware available. One of the major concerns people are currently having is regarding HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4 specifications and should they wait more to get hardware supporting the new specs or go for the first available devices that all seem to have 1.3 hardware. For example the new C7000 line of Samsung 3D-ready HDTVs or the new Blu-ray 3D players from Sony that seem to have HDMI 1.3 support. We know that HDMI 1.3 can be used to transport stereo 3D content, but since there is not standardization for it everyone can have different approach that will offer support for hardware coming from just one brand. In HDMI 1.4 specifications the stereoscopic 3D support has been standardized meaning that all hardware using it should be able to communicate with each other so you will not have to stick just to one brand of hardware producer to ensure compatibility…
This brings me to the case of PlayStation 3 console with HDMI 1.3 that is expected to receive a software update to bring stereoscopic 3D support. We’ve already got confirmation that the software update for the console will add support for the S3D features from HDMI 1.4 specifications as this is possible to be done with just a software update. Of course adding all the new features introduced with 1.4 specifications of HDMI is not possible with just a simple software update, but in the case of stereoscopic 3D support it can be done so that the different brands of 3D-ready TVs should be able to understand that the console is sending them 3D content and display it accordingly. That is of course if these new TV sets use HDMI 1.4 or at least also have their software updated so that the HDMI 1.3 hardware will be able to “understand” the Stereoscopic 3D part of 1.4 specifications. So this brings things back to new 3D-ready hardware being equipped with HDMI 1.3 specifications, which means that these can be using the older specifications hardware, but with software that can accept and interpret S3D content coming from HDMI 1.4 or other updated 1.3 devices. However don’t mistake that all of the new 3D-ready hardware will follow the path that Sony did decide on for the PlayStation 3 console to make it stereo 3D compatible with just a firmware update. It is possible that some hardware producers will stick to normal HDMI 1.3 specifications and use some other sort of processing for the S3D content,something that is still Ok, but will limit general compatibility with other hardware from other brands. So in the end it will not hurt to be extra careful if you want to be one of the earliest adopters of the new line of 3D compatible hardware as this might as well turn out to be quite an expensive experiment for you.
- If you want to download the 3D portion of the HDMI Specifications 1.4
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