Report: 12% of Britons unable to see 3D

By Patrick Garratt
12 July 2010 14:21 GMT


Another five minutes, another 3D story. Guess what? Loads of you can’t even see it.

According to research carried out by The Eyecare Trust, as much as 12 percent of the British population has eyes too wonky to see the effect properly.

“3-D technology relies on our eyes’ ability to work together as a co-ordinated team to achieve an accurate perception of depth,” said the eye care charity, as reported by Edge.

“However, more than one in ten of us (12%) has a visual impairment that means our brains are unable to correctly process the individual images that are transmitted to it via our left and right eyes.

“This leads to an inconsistency in viewing the three spatial dimensions (height, width and depth) required to enjoy 3D films in all their glory.”


The industry at large is unperturbed, however, with Ubisoft claiming last week that the tech will be a standard in three years time, despite a recent survey showing that around 70 percent of Japanese consumers being put off the technology by the need for glasses.

Others are being more cautious, however, with EA Sports boss Peter Moore telling us at E3 that his games won’t include 3D “just for the sake of doing it.”

Sony is heavily backing 3D, having already updated PS3 Firmware to show 3D games. The company pushed the tech hard in its E3 press conference last month.


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