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12% of Brits ruled out of enjoying 3D Gaming

by Steven Williamson on 12 July 2010, 17:03

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3

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According to a new report, the rise of 3D gaming over the next few years, as predicted by Sony, may have more trouble taking off than it first hoped.

The first batch of 3D games and demos on PlayStation 3 have already launched and include WipEout HD, Super Stardust HD, Pain and a MotorStorm Pacific Rift demo, but according to research 12% of Brits can't even reap the benefits of 3D.

A new study by The EyeCare Trust reports:

“3-D technology relies on our eyes’ ability to work together as a co-ordinated team to achieve an accurate perception of depth, reads the report.

"However, more than one in ten of us (12%) has a visual impairment that means our brains are unable to correctly process the individual images that are transmitted to it via our left and right eyes. This leads to an inconsistency in viewing the three spatial dimensions (height, width and depth) required to enjoy 3-D films in all their glory.”

Furthermore, the study goes on to warn of health warnings for those planning on watching 3D TV and playing games.

“Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides,” the company says.

There's a lot of negativity surrounding 3D gaming and much skeptisism from all corners of the net as to whether it will really take off. Sony and its backers have no such worries.

"For the naysayers, if you like, I would say, 'Just watch this space', because when you have global corporations like Sony pushing 3D as hard as they possibly can, Sky, equally, showcasing 3D content on TV, I believe it will become a much more important part of consumer electronics than a lot of people believe," Ubisoft UK marketing boss Murray Pannell recently told Eurogamer.

We'll see, we hope.


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more than one in ten of us (12%)

Isn't one in ten of us, 10% or it should be one in twelve.
I had suspected that I'd have problems seeing some films in 3d - but I recently saw Shrek 4 without any issues … although I did have to wear both my own glasses as well as the funky 3d ones.
My mum and stepdad are both blind in one eye, so they aren't particularly excited about 3D.
handscombmp
Isn't one in ten of us, 10% or it should be one in twelve.

1 in 10 = 10 in 100 so 10%
12 in 100 = 1.2 in 10 so 12%

12% is more than 1 in 10, makes sense to me :)
I can't use them, due to a problem with my left eye. Can't say I'm too bothered. I've used it in the past, always fell distinctly in the ‘gimmck’ category for me, rather than “wow, wish I could watch everything like this”.