Pachter: 3D gaming is a fad “for the next five years at least”

Sunday, 18th July 2010 12:19 GMT By Joe Anderson


Speaking in the latest episode of Gametrailers show Pach Attack, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said he feels 3D gaming is more of a fad than the future.

Pachter thinks 3D TV adoption is going to take a long time is due to the cost of the glasses.

While some consumers will go out and buy a new set for gaming, “the masses won’t” until things are a bit less costly.

“Before adoption becomes widespread, 3D television and movie content will have to become available and glasses will have to come down in price,” says Pachter.

“While the audience for 3D television is small, then for the next five years at least, 3D gaming is, and will remain, a fad.

“Maybe in ten years it will start to take off.”

Sony announced its push into 3D gaming last year. Since then it’s had a bit of a mixed reception due to cost and worries about its potentially nauseating effects.

Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, Pain, Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD were patched to support 3D early last month, while upcoming titles such as Gran Turismo 5, Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 will also support the technology.

Sony will update the PS3 later this year to enable owners to view Blu-Ray movies in 3D.



  1. manamana

    So it takes a Wedbush Morgan analyst to say things like:

    … “the masses won’t” until things are a bit less costly …


    … “Before adoption becomes widespread, 3D television and movie content will have to become available and glasses will have to come down in price,” …

    Patcher is such a fag

    #1 5 years ago
  2. cookiejar

    I’m all for it actually, as long as its an extra.

    I said somewhere else on here, i’ll be up for getting a new TV in a couple years time anyway, so if the quality is good and the price is decent, I don’t see why it won’t be a 3DTV. Afterall, its still an HDTV as well.

    For me, I see 3DTV as just an addition to HDTV. So you might get some mates round play some 3D games or watch a 3D movie, but then the majority of time use it for normal non 3D viewing.

    I don’t see myself using it all the time, but I don’t see it as a fad either, its just another addition to what we have.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Crysis

    noone may like him much, but he is 100% right about this, tho it is quite obvious, 3D will become an common additional feature in the near future, some companies will persist with this, other will drop it completely to lower the cost of production, though i do not think it would change the price by too much as televisions evolve , in around 5 years, 3DTVs of today will become standard

    #3 5 years ago
  4. TerryWogan

    Please, stop giving this clown inches. If he’s not saying what everybody already knows, he’s giving mega-publishers ideas to fuck us over even more than we already are. Just ignore the little cunt.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Filofax

    Have to agree with TW, Patcher needs to fuck right off. He’s just behind Bobby Kotick on the all time top 10 of gaming twats.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mojo

    “noone may like him much, but he is 100% right about this”

    well its not so hard to be spot on if the only thing u do for rificoulus much money is constantly stating the obvious.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    and Borderlands had no chance in hell of being successful when released next to MW2 :D

    #7 5 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    This is like a weather man, who always gets the forecast wrong, in order to impress and keep his job, walks outside, on a rainy day, looks up and declares that today it is raining.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. AHA-Lambda

    in all honesty i did agree with pachter bout borderlands =/

    #9 5 years ago
  10. The Hindle

    Pachter is an idiot, the guy knows nothing about videogames at all. Imo the best thing is though is he gets paid like 50k a year just to talk nonsense.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Crysis

    i liked borderlands, something a little different from the more modern & generic FPS, imo more shooters should carry more rpg elements, otherwise u feel like it’s the exact same thing over & over again, i’d love more fps/rpg cross overs tbh

    #11 5 years ago
  12. ninjanutta

    if this is true then how come evryone who plays 3d say its amazing and its already becoming the norm for pc gamers?this guy talks shit all the time,3d is here to stay so get with the program or miss out,simples

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Dannybuoy

    Patchter is a fad that has been around for too many years

    #13 5 years ago
  14. aki

    Still wondering why these redundant analysts are getting paid.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. hitnrun

    @12 They say their eyes hurt, too. They also say “holy shit, I have to spend $3,000 on a TV and I don’t even have a PS3 yet!” Also, hardcore PC gamers might be into it but they’re not the ones calling the shots on PC nowadays.

    @7 Man, that was dumb. Not even because Borderlands was a great game – though it was – but it was virtually the last real game left within a six week radius of Modern Warfare 2, which happened to be smack dab in the Christmas season. How could it *not* do well?

    And he thought they should have moved it…because it had guns in it, like Call of Duty? Talk about buying into hyperbole. No game, not even MWF, has universal appeal, or even halfway-universal appeal. And even if it did, can adult gamers not afford the only 2 real games in 3 months?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. LordCancer

    how is it they shot abe lincoln but pachter is still talking?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. The_Deleted

    …because he was shot in 1865..?

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Tonka

    No mention of th 3DS? The guy is a mouthpiece and a bad one at that.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Crysis

    cuz he’s talking ideally about television

    #19 5 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    About £900 gets you a good 3D TV including a pair of glasses.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. xino

    why should he be 100% right on this!?

    HDTV existed during 2005 and you didn’t see people saying it’s a waste of time or a fad. Xbox utilised the HD feature, but only a handle could experience games in HD. During 2008 many people started getting HD TV. 2009 HD TV now became mandatory.

    It’s the same thing with 3D tv and BluRay. 2006 people thought bluray and hd dvd were too early. BluRay killed HD DVD, 2007 people started getting into BluRay. 2008 BluRay is now official and has become a benchmark over DvDs. 2009 BluRay starting to incorporate 3D which only a handle could experience.

    And now for 3d, only a handle will experience 3D games, but leave it to 2012/13 and see it become mandatory.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. ninjanutta

    @xino +1,i totally agree,3d will become the norm within 2-3 years of that im sure,for me though,it will become reality by the end of the year and 3000 pound for a tv? like he said above,you can get a brilliant lcd 3dtv for less than 1000 and it got 5 star reviews across the board,like i keep saying,dont buy one and miss out on the best gaming ever,i dont care really because im not going to miss nothing.cant wait.

    #22 5 years ago

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