3D on the PS3™ System FAQs
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Since our eyes are spaced apart, each eye sees things at slightly different angles. Our brains then combine the two angles, giving us true depth perception. To create that same sense of distance and realism on a TV screen, the current generation of 3D technology uses active shutter glasses and a high-speed display that alternates left- and right-eye images to deliver the most immersive 3D experience imaginable. Slide on 3D Active Glasses and watch as images leap right into your living room. And since each frame you see is shown in HD resolution, the 3D action comes alive with razor-sharp detail.
All PlayStation®3 systems are already equipped with everything they need to play stereoscopic 3D games. Thanks to a free firmware update (3.30) available now, the PS3 system is the only console on the market that can support full stereoscopic 3D gaming – right from your living room, and with no additional charge. You’ll also need a 3D HD TV or 3D Ready HDTV and 3D sync transmitter kit, 3D glasses compatible with your TV, and a High Speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps).
Because Stereoscopic 3D allows each eye to see a unique image, the experience is much more like real-life than other means of watching 3D content. Plus, Stereoscopic 3D on the PS3 allows more than one person to watch TV at the same time without having to sit in specific spots.
Built-In 3D is ready to go right out of the box. Just connect your PS3 system and put on your 3D active glasses to experience 3D enabled movies and games. 3D-Ready or 3D-Enabled HDTVs do not include 3D glasses when purchased and typically require you to add a 3D sync transmitter compatible with your 3D HDTV in order to view 3D content. But no matter what, these TVs will still allow you to watch 2D content.
3D is the future of gaming. In the coming months, we’ll be releasing immersive 3D games like The Fight: Lights Out, Gran Turismo 5, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Killzone 3, Eyepet, and the Sly Collection, with many more titles in the future.
The following games and demos are already available in stereoscopic 3D through the PlayStation Store:
Once you put a Blu-ray™ game or movie in your PS3, you can access 3D content through the XMB menu like any other game or movie. 3D can be turned on or off from the disc’s menu. Remember to turn on 3D viewing on your TV as well.
Sony offers great options for 3D televisions in their BRAVIA line, but stereoscopic 3D gaming on the PS3 will work with most manufacturers’ televisions.
Certain 3D HDTVs manufactured prior to 2010 use a unique method of processing the 3D signal that is incompatible with the current 3D Blu-ray™ technology. These manufacturers may offer a converter box to address this issue. Please consult your TV owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for more information.
You must have a 3D capable TV to enjoy games in 3D. However all PS3 games will still play on your television with the same excellent HD image quality you’ve come to expect. And keep in mind that 3D HDTVs are also capable of playing content in standard 2D as well.
3D gaming is the ultimate visual gaming experience. But all PS3 games will still play on your television with the same excellent HD image quality you’ve come to expect.
This will depend on the game. An older game may be activated with a downloadable patch, while a newer one may build it into a new game disc. This will be up to the publisher.
Some publishers release games in 3D that do not take advantage of 3D over HDMI. These games use the old, eye straining method of creating 3D using glasses with two different color lenses for each eye. They’ll often include cardboard 3D glasses in the box. You don’t need a 3D HDTV to play these games, but these games won’t look as good as games designed to take advantage of 3D over HDMI on your PS3. Games designed for the best 3D experience on the PS3 will have this logo on the box front:
Yes, you will be able to play 3D Blu-rays in 1080p at 24fps.
In order to create the most immersive visual experience, titles are presented in 720p resolution at 60 fps.
You’ll need to use active shutter glasses compatible with your 3D HDTV system. Consult your 3D HDTV owner’s manual or manufacturer’s web resource for guidance.
We recommend a High Speed HDMI cable capable of handling 10.2 Gbps. This is the standard cable recommendation for 3D over HDMI, compatible with the 2010 generation of 3D TVs. However, your current HDMI cable may be able to handle a 3D signal.