Hocking pushes 3D and VR ahead of Develop keynote

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 07:53 GMT

SCEE 3D chief Mick Hocking has told Develop that games creatives still need educating on the benefits of 3D, speaking ahead of his Develop Conference keynote in Brighton this week.

“I think the main lesson I’ve learnt is there’s an on-going need for developers to still be properly educated about developing games in 3D,” he said.

“We’ve invested a lot in 3D technology and also getting everyone up to speed about how it works, and how to get the most out of it. We still spend a lot of time getting the message out there to new teams to create high-quality 3D.”

Hocking also said it was becoming necessary to “formalise the 3D vocabulary,” to “develop a common language sp we can all talk about 3D in the same way – its best features and its biggest problems.”

Hocking was bullish on 3D as a game feature, despite sluggish sales of Nintendo’s 3DS, saying Sony is “very pleased with our first year of 3D on PlayStation 3.”

He added: “The price of 3D TVs is falling all the time so we expect to see a strong and steady growth of the 3D market.”

And yes, Hocking said the amazing Virtual Reality may be ready for a comeback.

“Yeah it could be,” he said. “It certainly seems possible, and these head-mounted displays incorporate 3D tech. It’s very, very cool. And obviously it’s a fantastic way to experience 3D because both images are being directly fed into each eye.”

Hocking said a similar thing last month.

Sony’s Develop 3D keynote will take place in Brighton on Thursday morning.

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