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Sony Will Soon Have a 24-inch PlayStation 3D Monitor (CECH-ZED1)

June 7th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Can’t say I’m surprised by the fact that Sony is getting back into making smaller displays after being gone for a while from that market and of course their return will be with a PlayStation themed 3D monitor. The 24-inch PlayStation 3D Monitor (CECH-ZED1) is expected to be released sometime in the Autumn this year with a price of $499.99 USD with a pair of 3D glasses bundled and a separate pair of active shutter glasses for it will cost you $69.99 extra (if you live in USA, probably the same amount but in Euro for Europe). The monitor is a Full HD 3D active shutter glasses based solution intended to bring more affordable options for PS3 gamers willing to play in 3D mode as well, but not ready to go for a big and more expensive 3D HDTV. The PlayStation 3D Monitor is going to be using HDMI 1.4 (or 1.4a more likely), but aside from support for the frame packaging method, it will also support Side by Side and Top/Bottom (Above/Below) input methods for 3D content, making it more flexible. And thanks to this extra support you may be even able to connect your Xbox 360 console to the 3D display and play in 3D with the games that support stereoscopic 3D output natively, or use another 3D-capable consumer device. The display may be able to work with PC in 3D mode as well, but due to the limitations of the HDMI standard you will not be able to play in 1080p 3D mode with 60Hz per eye. The new active shutter 3D glasses CECH-ZEG1 are going to be rechargeable over USB, weight about 45 grams, and offer about 30 hours of gameplay on a single charge.

The PlayStation 3D Monitor (CECH-ZED1) Specifications:

Screen size: 23.5 inch
Panel type: VA
Native Resolution 1920×1080
Colors: 16.7 Million
Viewing Angle: 176 degrees / 176 degrees (Contrast over 10:1)
Color Gamut (CIE1931): 72%
Contrast Ratio: 5000:1
Response time: 4ms (GTG)
Backlight Type: Edge type, white LED
Sound output: Stereo 2ch (full range, 3W x 2, 28mm), Sub Woofer (5W, 50mm), headphones jack
Video inputs: 2x HDMI 1.4, Component Video
Other: Support IR remote control with BD remote control (CECH-ZRC1)
Power consumption: 45W (2D viewing mode), Standby mode – less than 0.2W
Weight: 5.7 kg with stand, 4.6 kg without stand
Dimensions: 650x391x207 mm WxHxD (stand included), 650x346x35 mm WxHxD (stand excluded)

More interesting with this 3D display and the new 3D active glasses is the fact that you will be able to take advantage of the screen sharing technology that was patented by Sony a while ago and that I’ve mentioned here on the blog. This means that in specific games supporting multi-player mode you would be able to play with another person simultaneously without having to resort to split screen anymore, each of the players will be able to see a Full HD image and will not be seeing what the other player is doing. This of course would require both players to wear the active shutter glasses, as in this mode instead of showing you 3D image (different views for the left and right eye), the glasses are separating the image shown to the different players and you will see the same 3D image in both eyes. To take advantage of this additional mode however it seems that the game needs to have support for it built in and not all multi-player games will work out of the box with it, so maybe it will be supported on new titles that are yet yo become available. And I’m not yet sure if this first implementation will also feature separate audio for both players, but since Sony does not mention such feature at all, it is more likely that we are not going to see that implemented as a feature in this product.

It is interesting to note that the LCD panel will be a VA type and not TN as currently all of the active 3D LCD solutions on the market rely on the cheaper TN panels due to their faster response time. And using VA type of LCD panel with good enough response time would mean better color reproduction and wider viewing angles. Sony did not mention anything regarding the brightness of the display so far, but if this 3D monitor offers a quality and performance similar to that of the 3D LCD panel the company uses in their VAIO 3D lineup of laptops, then it will be a great 3D product. The only thing that feels a bit weird about this upcoming 3D display from Sony is the design, maybe still not final, but making a monitor look like a big PlayStation just for the sake of saying it is a PlayStation product…

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The Acer HN274H 3D Vision and HDMI 1.4a Monitor is Starting to Appear

April 7th, 2011 · 18 Comments · General 3D News

The Acer HN274H 3D monitor is the first 27-inch 3D Vision compatible product and it is also the first with HDMI 1.4a support for 3D as well, meaning that with it you can get quite a wide compatibility with different 3D products, although still not as much as with a 3D HDTV over the HDMI 1.4a interface. You can of course connect a PS3 console and play games in stereo 3D mode with it, as well as any other 3D-capable consumer electronic device that can output 3D in the frame packaged format defined in the HDMI 1.4(a) standard. On the other hand you get 1080p at 120Hz over the Dual-Link DVI and 3D Vision support on the PC, something that is still not available with 3D HDTVs due to use of the HDMI 1.4 standard. The monitor comes with a built-in 3D Vision IR emitter and a pair of 3D Vision active shutter glasses that you will be using even when the 3D is coming through the HDMI interface. And the good news is that the monitor has started appearing on different markets worldwide at the beginning of April, although it was delayed a bit, it is finally here. So if you were waiting for this because of the bigger screen size or the support for HDMI 1.4a, then there is probably no need to wait anymore, not to mention that the monitor does very well in stereo 3D mode as you can read in the extensive review published here on the blog a while ago.

At the moment in North America you can only get the Acer HN274H at Newegg for $699 USD and they don’t have that big stock, so if you want the monitor don’t wait too long. If you live in Europe, then the chances that the monitor will be available in your country by the end of April are quite high, in some European countries it appears the monitor is already available, but again not in large quantities, so look around and you can report shops that already have it in the comments below.

To read a review of the 3D capabilities and performance of Acer HN274H 3D monitor…

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