Xbox 360 Gets Stereoscopic 3D

May 23, 2011, By Nicholas Davis

E3 2011 is quickly approaching and rumors are starting to catch like wild fire. Microsoft has been pretty elusive when asked what they have to bring this year. There has been talk that a new accessory may be revealed. It might be a new pair of 3D glasses.


As of right now Sony’s PlayStation 3 is the only console to support full on HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic 3D. Microsoft is apparently looking to imitate just that. This would require you to have the HDMI version of the Xbox 360 as composite cables would not be compatible. An unknown source that is close with the development team for Xbox 360 has hinted that this announcement will more than likely be revealed at this E3 2011.

“They’d be mad not to do it, is all I can say, the machine is not only very capable, it’s more capable than the PlayStation 3 of doing stereo [Stereoscopic].”

Sony released the firmware update last year June for the PlayStation 3 to have full Stereoscopic 3D and has a few games running in full 3D which include Gran Turismo 5 and Killzone 3 amongst a few others. A few titles on Xbox 360 has released underneath the Stereoscopic 3D label which include Call of Duty: Black Ops as well as Crysis 2.

It’s clear that Microsoft supports Xbox 360 gaming but is there any strong consumer demand for 3D gaming right now?

“The capability is there. The question is whether or not the consumer demand is there. That’s the unanswered question. We’re not a consumer electronics company that’s trying to sell 3DTVs, so we have the benefit of waiting until the market responds. We’re going to take probably more of a pull than a push approach.”

It is possible that Microsoft is just waiting for the right time to reveal Stereoscopic 3D capabilities to the industry. Until 3D TV’s are in most households it might be a smarter decision to wait. 3D is not necessarily the most popular demand in gaming right now. It’s definitely a plus if you have a 3D TV. Hopefully they reveal more at this years E3.

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