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, blu-ray.com 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:
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.