Hold on before you run out to buy a new TV! You may have seen the report on Engadget stating that, according to a Sony rep, all PS3 games will run in 3-D with a software update next year.
“…a software update for the PS3 sometime in 2010 will enable it to provide a 3D viewing experience to “all” existing games on the system. We’re sure there will be some exceptions, but it sounds very promising. The console itself pumps out a quite regular signal over HDMI, which the TV syncs up with your 3D glasses. A 200Hz TV, for instance, alternates 1080p frames, with 100Hz for each eye. Of course, you’ll need a brand new TV, but at least it won’t be restricted to just Sony televisions. Start saving those pennies!”
It seems like Joystiq have contacted Sony to find out more more about what sounded like a major megaton to let slip at a trade show. Sony told them that the company is “conducting a technological investigation” of whether it’s even possible to do that. As for specifics: “there is no plan for the market launch of this at this time.”
If you’re dying to look at a 3-D game right now, Engadget also captured a video of Wipeout HD being played in 3-D. For some reason, the 3-D effect doesn’t come through when viewed in an embedded video recording — even with the glasses in front of the lens. Sony really needs to work on that.
I’d still go out and get a PS3 Slim though. It’s smaller, lighter, uses less electricity, and does not have an on of switch on the back like its fat brother. The only major niggle/downside is that the PS3 Slim is not backward compatible. This means that you should old on to your old PS2, if it still works.
And best of all, you can get one for nothing. Find out how to get your free PS3 Slim!