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.