Just a reminder that the U-Decide Initiative finishes on October 1st. If you haven’t completed a survey yet, this is your last chance to win one of over fifty prizes. You will be kicking yourself if you miss out given the high probability of winning something. Both traditional 2D gamers and experienced stereoscopic 3D gamers are welcome to participate.
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In 2008, stereoscopic 3D entertainment was at its first critical stage in the consumer markets. Top display manufacturers, content makers, and technology enablers were very much committed to stereoscopic 3D, but little to no information was available from actual customers. An added challenge was that the popular media of the time was very much against 3D, and it was unclear if the opinions of customers and media were one and the same. In late 2008, Meant to be Seen announced The U-Decide Initiative, and released a complete 75+ page report in 2009. For the first time, traditional 2D gamers and experienced stereoscopic 3D gamers were surveyed separately. Did 3D experience impact 3D opinion? Were glasses really a leading deterrent for 3D? Which forms of content would be the most successful first? With the help of some real consumer data, 3D’s value proposition was made clear, and the industry was able to move ahead in an informed manner.
The world has changed since then. Sony PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 have both demonstrated 3D content on console either officially or through third party game developers. Nvidia and AMD have both made public commitments for stereoscopic 3D on PC either internally, or through third party driver developers. Even Nintendo is putting out a mobile 3D gaming device in the new year. Most importantly, top game developers including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Crytek, Blitz Games Studios, and more are all developing 3D titles for both console and PC. Once more, the stereoscopic 3D industry is at a new critical phase. The new challenge is putting out products and titles that customers want. This means YOU! Which experiences excite you? What has been your experience so far? What are your likes and dislikes? What you share with us today will be critical in determining how our industry moves forward.
In October of this year, a draw for over fifty prizes will be made. Top prizes include a 50″ Panasonic 3D HDTV, a Zalman Full HD 3D monitor, high quality gaming headphones, and the latest video games on PC and console. Additional prizes may get added to the list with time. So now is your chance to complete the U-Decide survey, giving your opinion that might influence the further development of all things 3D and at the same time getting a chance to win some nice prizes.
August 14th, 2009 · No Comments · General 3D News
Now this is something new that I’ve just learned about and it seems that actually the S3DGA was formed quite recently too, so that is why I haven’t heard of it yet, but probably the same goes for you too, so here is a bit more information about the The S-3D Gaming Alliance.
According to the U-DECIDE Initiative, a well received study of modern gamers, 93% of survey respondents want to see game developers support stereoscopic 3D technology. The industry’s answer is to start development of The S-3D Gaming Alliance, an organization that is 100% focused on making stereoscopic 3D gaming possible through standards, education, and product adoption.
The S-3D Gaming Alliance or S3DGA in short, is a 3D gaming and entertainment industry standards and advocacy group charted to accelerate the adoption of 3D gaming and display technology by providing for standards discussions, consumer promotion, education, and awareness. Membership in the alliance is comprised of organizations and individuals with an interest in developing 3D solutions.
Some of S3DGA’s founding companies include Blitz Games Studios, DDD, iZ3D, Jon Peddie Research, TDVision Corp, XpanD, and more. The President and CEO of S3DGA will be Neil Schneider, best known for his pioneering work on Meant to be Seen, the world’s leading website focused on stereoscopic 3D gaming and entertainment.
High immersion S-3D gaming experiences include explosions that pop out of the screen and a sense of depth so real that players think they can place their hands inside the display. S-3D technology is growing popular in the home with products like LCD shutter glasses, 3D monitors, and several new and developing 3D HDTV and projection solutions.
The effect of a standards group such as S3DGA is to accelerate the adoption of technology by presenting a forum for members to express, test, and agree on ideas and approaches to educating consumers. And I should add that we definitely needed an organization like that to help push things a bit more in the field of Stereoscopic 3D gaming, so that more and more people and companies will start taking interest in it… ;)
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