Sony: Lots of SCE and third-parties working on 3D games

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:25 GMT

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Sony showed off a bit of 3D tech at GDC last week, and Ian Bickerstaff, senior engineer with SCE’s UK-based 3D team, told Gamasutra that the company’s very optimistic about the tech, but it’s also remaining “cautious”.

“We’re taking a cautious approach”, he said. “I think [3D gaming uptake is] going to depend on the uptake of 3D televisions. “We’re not going to spend crazy, crazy amounts of money expecting everyone tomorrow to have 3D TVs, clearly, but, we believe this is the future, and three or four years from now, you won’t be able to buy a television that doesn’t have a 3D capability.

Bickerstaff also revealed that internal teams are working on games with 3D capabilities, and third-parties are excited as well.

“It’s all a bit confidential, but a lot [are working on these games], let’s put it that way. We’ve been amazed by the enthusiasm from the developers.

“To be honest, we have not had an internal project to throw at people to make their games in 3D, yet there are loads of games in 3D, like [MLB 10], Super Stardust HD, that look fantastic, and so on. And that’s really just because of the enthusiasm from the developers themselves.”

PS3 games that Sony showed running in 3D at GDC  included: MLB 10: The Show, Super Stardust HD, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Wipeout HD and MotorStorm: Pacific Rift.

Rumor has it that a firmware update implementing 3D on PS3 consoles will go live June 10, proving what John Koller said during CES: 3D is as simple as an update.

That and a capable television.

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