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Wipeout-like Games for PC that Work and Look Good in Stereo 3D Mode

July 7th, 2010 · 12 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

If you like high-speed racing games like Wipeout on the PS3, but want to play them in stereo 3D on your computer it seems that you do not have a lot of luck. There are simply no popular big-name games that offer something similar for the PC, however there are sole a bit old games that you might like playing if you manage to get them. Sure, you can now play Wipeout HD in 3D on the PS3 if you also have a big 3D HDTV to go along withe console, but if you only have a 3D Vision kit and a PC you have to find an alternative. And here are some alternatives as an idea, there might be others as well, so feel free to report them if you know about anything else than the following three games. Have in mind that these are not perfect hen played in stereo 3D mode, but with a little bit of convergence tweaking you can still get very good results…


Powerdrome


Powerdrome is a futuristic racing game where you race a jet-engined, anti-gravity bikes called “blades” around six closed tracks. The original game called Powerdrome was released in 1988 for Atari with a Pc release in 1990, but here I’m talking about the remake that was made in 2004 for consoles and in 2005 for PC. The game never became very popular, but this is probably the closest thing you can get on the PC as a feeling compared to Wipeout on consoles. Unfortunately it is now hard to find the game, but you can probably get a very good deal on a used copy over at eBay…

Some more information about Powerdrome…


Pyroblazer


Pyroblazer is also a futuristic racing game, but it also has some combat elements added which makes it closer in terms of gameplay style to Wipeout. In this game you pilot a futuristic anti-gravity combat crafts called Blazers and compete with the other players trying to finish first at all costs. Pyroblazer has been released in 2008 and the good news is that it is available on Steam and you can easily get the game currently for $19.99 USD or 9.99 EUR…

For more information about the game on Steam…


Voltage


Voltage (Voltage: Супергонки) is another game that has only been released for PC in 2008, but only Russian if I’m not mistaken, the only English version seems to be available only for PS3, and this is actually making the game even harder to find and maybe understand (depending on how good are you with Russian). The game itself is another high-speed racing simulation with combat elements over a futuristic racing tracks where the gold is as usual to be the fastest on the track and finish first, no matter how.

Additional information in Russian on the publisher’s website…

As I’ve mentioned, if you know another more recent game similar to Wipeout for the PS3, but a one that is made for PC and works good or why not even perfect in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision, then feel more than welcome to share information about it in the comments below. ;)

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PlayStation 3 to Soon Get Stereoscopic 3D Support in Firmware 3.30

April 22nd, 2010 · 7 Comments · General 3D News


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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