Are you Ready for PS3 3D Games and Blu-Rays? What you Should Know Before You Spend Thousands

For those fortunate enough to own a 3D enabled HDTV, you probably know about the PlayStation 3’s small issues with 3D gaming and playback. For those that have yet to test out the PS3’s latest 3D Blu-Ray capabilities and gaming, there are a few things you should know about 3D on the PS3 before going out to spend thousands on a 3D enable TV.

With the recent release of firmware update 3.50 for the PS3, Blu-Ray enabled movies can now be viewed on your PS3. However, there are a few small issues when doing so, first; lossless audio is now lost. Yes, has tested with firmware 3.50 and specifically noted that when playing a movie in 3D, audio will play in DTS or Dolby Digital when your system is set to output DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD. In other words, the sound will not be a good as it was intended to be. I guess we loose something to gain something. In this case, we loose HD audio to 3D playback.

Here are the rest of the Blu-ray 3D Limitations as stated by Sony:

  • The 3D display of some elements such as menus and subtitles may be different on the PS3™ system than on other 3D playback devices.

  • Depending on the content, some BD-J (Blu-ray Disc™ Java*) features such as BONUSVIEW™ and BD-Live™ may not play in 3D or may not function properly on the PS3™ system.
  • When Dolby TrueHD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in Dolby Digital during playback of Blu-ray 3D™ content.
  • When DTS-HD is selected as the audio format, audio will be output in DTS during playback of Blu-ray 3D™ content.

  • Mean while, CNET Australia seemed to confirm that two retail 3D discs; Monster House and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs — ironically released by Sony pictures — won’t work in the 40GB or 60GB PS3 older models.

    As far as gaming goes, gamers should be aware that 3D enabled games only run at 30fps when played in 3D. This is due to the hardware’s taxation. While this may not be a big deal for most gamers, it does cause issues for developers trying to deliver the best possible 3D experience. And for the rest of the hardcore gamers that may want GT5 or Killzone 3 in full 3D 60fps? You only get 30fps in 3D.

    Pricing: Right now 3D TV’s vary from $1,200 to $7,000, while Sony 3D glasses go for, about $130.

    One last thing to mention. HDMI. For best results in all this 3D gaing and Blu-Ray playback, do youself a favor and pick up HDMI 1.4 cables. I have seen it more than once, with people using HDMI 1.3 or lower on their latest 3D TV. HDMI 1.4 supports full 3D by transferring more data than the previous versions. Although HDMI 1.3 will work with 3D, it still lacks the transport rate, there for delivering a lower resolution. In other words, just pick up HDMI 1.4 cables if you are planning on buying a 3D TV.

    Hopefully Sony fixes some of the issues causing older PS3 models to suffer from, as well as the audio quality on 3D Blu-Rays. 3D Gaming on the PS3 is only limited by hardware, let’s hope the next gen gives us 60fps on games like Uncharted 3 or Killzone 4 in 3D.

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    • Craiji

      Wow you guys need to do a lot of homework before you post BS, have a 3D TV and both a Slim and a Fat PS3 – Cloudy and Monster house work on both.

      Plus your article title is misleading, whats the issue with gaming?

      Can you guys please ACTUALLY and test before you post stupid stuff?

      • How is this misleading, when Sony has confirmed it? Wow, sucks to spend all that money and not know what you actually have.

    • false

      This article is so full of shit. I own an OG 60gig and it plays Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs perfectly.. on my HDMI 1.3 cable at that. The information here couldn’t possibly get any more wrong.

      The only difference between HDMI 1.3 and 1.4 is 1.4 comes with built in ethernet which adds absolutely nothing to 3D playback.

      • You need to study your HDMI book: HDMI 1.4 supports higher resolutions 1.3 does not do the same in 3D it only support up to 1080i, if you are going to call this article false, at least have something right.

    • This is an issue that only someone who will nit pick will have to worry about. You can still do 5.1 surround sound without any problems. I would gladly sacrifice watching movies or playing games in 3-D then really care if Im getting 7.1 surround sound or not. 5.1 is almost just as good, and only a sound techie with a $10,000 sound system would even care. Thats like not even 1% of the world’s population that this would even affect. I just think that xbots like to make themselves feel better and try to justify their choice of inferior video game hardware by making ps3 owners doubt the right decision they made.

      • Unfortunately George, there are plenty of Audio tech guys that work for corporate and high profile companies that will test this and expose it. I agree with you, not every one may have a problem with this, but it is a fact and for the Audio tech guys it becomes a problem, especially if they own high end theater equipment. Sony is leader of tech, these types of small details do matter to the enthusiast,.

    • oldschoolgamer

      Sony’s right, it only does everything… including screwing things up. To have close control on hardware and systems and still have problems? And gaming?!? Pushing out that HD gaming and 60fps 3D is TAXING on the system? The cell processor?!? This is pretty funny. That 10 year system sounds like it’s already hitting a wall.

    • Can’t wait until the release of Killzone 3 it will be excellent!

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