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Sony has launched a major bid to make a killing out of the current craze for 3D, taking a leaf out of rival Nintendo’s book, which thought so much of


Published: 9 June, 2011


Sony has launched a major bid to make a killing out of the current craze for 3D, taking a leaf out of rival Nintendo’s book, which thought so much of 3D that it put the capability into its 3DS handheld, just out.

Sony, in the form of Sony Computer Entertainment, has come at this problem from another angle, announcing a 24-inch 3D Display for $500, available virtually worldwide immediately, bundled with 3D Glasses. It will come with HDMI cabling and the Resistance 3 title from Insomniac Games for the PS3. The idea is that the PS3 can output 3D with a free software upgrade, and gamers just need a 3D screen and are unlikely to gain access to the brand new 3D set in the living room.

The 3D Display adopts quad-speed frame sequential display technology that is able to minimize crosstalk distortion from the left and right eye images. We assume that’s mumbo jumbo for being 200 Hz or so and Sony says the output is “stunningly realistic”. The display supports several 3D formats, including “frame packing,” “top and bottom” and “side by side,” which will offer users various options for enjoying 3D.

Contrast is an amazing 5000:1, the screen has an impressive 176 degree wide viewing angle, and can also be used for 2D. It has a special mode for two player 3D, and it comes with high quality stereo speakers with stereo channels on the side of the screen, plus right and left sides, and subwoofer behind it. The display has LED backlighting and is 35 mm thick at its fattest.

The 3D Glasses are the LCD switching variety and have a 30 hour battery life with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The screen boots in a single second and cuts out to standby after 5 seconds without a video feed.

Totally separately Sony gave more details to the new PlayStation Portable it promised back in February, which is emerging as the PlayStation Vita, with the full power of a quad-core ARM cortex-A9 processor, still not confirmed as the Nvidia Tegra 3, and the multi-core Power VR SGX543MP4 graphics chip from Imagination Technologies.

Sony had already dubbed this the Next Generation Portable and had in February described it as having a 5 inch 960 x 544 OLED touch screen. Perhaps all that is really new about this is the name – Vita – and the price, $249 for the WiFi model and $299 for the 3G version. "Vita" means "Life" in Latin.

This is Sony up to its pricing tricks once more. It can subsidize devices in the early market based on future games sales, and getting a 3G device with all this processing power down to that price is phenomenal. When the Original PlayStation Portable came out iSuppli later took it apart and said that there were $850 worth of electronics in it, but it cost $250. This is exactly what’s happening here, and although this is NOT a tablet, it is the cheapest device that can do most of what a top end tablet can do, on the market. The device will launch first in Japan, the US and Europe, and be out in time for Christmas in the rest of the world.

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