• Sony 3D Display with SimuView on Sale November 13

        More Sony hardware news.

        Sitting at the Sony E3 media briefing this year, on the heels of the PlayStation Network being hacked and a greater-than-normal amount of criticism being directed Sony's way, one could feel discomfort and desperation in the air. SCEA president Jack Tretton is a very likable guy and handled everything about as well as anyone would, but there wasn't a lot to wildly applaud in what was presented. One of the things that did stand out, though, was the Sony 3D display, which received a heartfelt burst of applause when the price was announced.

        Home 3D was a pretty new option for most people and it always seemed to come with an exorbitant price tag. So when it was revealed that the 3D Display, which boasts one or two nifty tricks over and above vanilla 3D, would sell for a relatively dirt-cheap price, I enthusiastically applauded along with the crowd. This, even though I never planned to get a 3D set.

        Now it's confirmed that the 24" Sony 3D Display will be available on November 13, 2011, for a suggested retail price of $499.99. And most will probably admit that it's a nice little package.

        The 1080p unit comes with one pair of (active) 3D glasses, the MotorStorm Apocalypse game, and an HDMI cable. A second pair of glasses retails for $69.99, but the television also works in regular 2D HD mode. There are two HDMI 1.4 and one component inputs with Edge LED backlighting, a 240Hz refresh rate, and an integrated subwoofer. But the best feature may be SimulView.

        SimulView eliminates the need for split-screen local multiplayer by giving each player his own full-screen view in a two-player game. At launch, the Sony 3D Display will be the only one on the market to support this type of multiplayer. One player wearing 3D glasses sees one 2D high-def image while the other player, looking at the same screen with different glasses, sees a different image. Games that support SimulView will not need to draw a line down the middle of the screen and cramp player on either side.

        As an entry-level 3D set, this is a less-expensive, albeit smaller, alternative, For PS3 players who enjoy local multiplayer, this is might be just the thing they were waiting for.
        Comments 6 Comments
        1. Mzo's Avatar
          Mzo -
          I'd love to know what the input lag is like on what's being advertised as a gaming television. That's the most important part.
        1. Nick's Avatar
          Nick -
          Toys "R" Us is taking preorders at $50 off: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...uctId=12251395. No word on the input lag. Maybe I can convince Sony to send you one for testing.
        1. Mzo's Avatar
          Mzo -
          All the input lag questions have been ignored by the talking heads on the Sony blog. Every other idiotic, frivolous query is directly addressed.

          Bad news, maybe?

          I need to start a lobby group that demands input lag to be measured professionally and advertised directly when purchasing a television, like they did for nutritional information on food.
        1. Chux's Avatar
          Chux -
          I like what they're trying to do, I really do. I think they should have charged a bit more and made a larger set though. Like Mzo, the input lag concerns me as well.
        1. Mzo's Avatar
          Mzo -
          It's finally out and it's been tested: you get around 3 frames of input lag. No commercial review from any video game website mentions this, because it's universally ignored.Sony doesn't care about fighting games and Rocksmith =[
        1. Razor Ramon's Avatar
          Razor Ramon -
          Will not purchase. Zero lag or back to R & D IMO.
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