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

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


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.

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