Microsoft says no to 3D games – for now

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 3 July 2008 21:57 GMT

In an interview with, XNA general manager Chris Satchell revealed that Microsoft has been looking into the third dimension. Calling it “extremely interesting,” he raised our hopes just high enough to send them screaming back down to earth moments later.

“This is a very interesting area of graphics technology,” he said. “We have done experiments with this at Microsoft and the results are extremely interesting. However, the current systems that work well require wearing active shutter glasses and I think it is hard to be mainstream with asking people to wear headgear to play games.”

However, he also noted that new technology, which we’re dubbing head-free 3D, is in the works right now. We imagine, then, that it’s only a matter of time until Master Chief will be able to pop right out of your TV, lower a gleeful gaze in your direction, and stick you.

By Nathan Grayson

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