The future is bright for video gaming. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a different answer for what they believe is the next step for gaming. Currently we have basic movement technology, high definition gaming and advanced gaming on the go. If you ask Sony, they’ll tell you that in their immediate future is the next evolution in movement controls and their 3D gaming plan.
Currently, the PS3 is the most advanced console out there. Boasting the ever impressive Blu-Ray drive, in-built Wifi (Which was just implemented on Microsoft’s side), their new Premium Online package, upcoming Move motion controller and a plethora of other things aside, it seems that right now Sony are putting all their eggs into one three dimensional basket.
It’s not a bad thing, I might add. For one, you don’t need to buy an entire new console for the 3D functionality to work. Every Playstation 3 out there is 3D ready once the firmware upgrade is shipped out. The only real catch is, that you will need a 3D ready television. They’re not exactly cheap, plus with the cost of the glasses that each user will need, it can come at a very hefty price for most, especially in this tough economic time.
If we remove the cost factor from the equation, and just look at it from a technical standpoint, they have done a very impressive job in implementing 3D into their games. I had the opportunity to go to a press event last Thursday and test out both MotorStorm: Apocalypse (due 2011) and Gran Turismo 5 (Due November 2nd) in glorious 3D.
The first thing you’ll notice with MotorStorm is that the menu pops out from the screen, so you’ll be able to see the menu better than if the menu and background animation were merged into one layer. The of course is the tip of the iceberg. Inside the game, during races all sorts of debris will be flying at you whilst you vie for first place. This is especially effective in 3D as it’s the oldest trick in the book. What use is 3D if you can’t have things thrown at you, and have the sense of “Cheese It! It’s coming right for me!”?
According to Mick Hocking, SCEE Senior Director there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to 3D gaming. For example, in a first person shooter, your aiming will be more accurate because you have a sense of depth to where your enemy actually is. For driving games, you can better judge where you need to brake for corners, much like real life.
This opens up a whole new aspect that many gamers such as myself hadn’t thought of yet. I’m sure most of us saw 3D gaming as the next big gimmick in gaming, such as dance mats, educational video gaming, the Wii-Fit. But if it helps us achieve a better gaming experience, I am all for it. Having the opportunity to test out 3D gaming for myself, I can say that I really enjoyed it.
As time goes on, the price will lower as it usually does. We’ll all have better experiences with gaming and this should bring us to more engaging videogames too, and that can’t be a bad thing. Can it?