With E3 a matter of weeks away, sources close to Microsoft are suggesting the platform holder is planning full stereoscopic 3D for the Xbox 360.
The PS3 has boasted stereoscopic 3D since June last year, but its rival may soon catch up. Eurogamer’s man on the inside told the site:
“[Microsoft would] 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, assuming you don’t have one of the old crappy ones with the composite leads… assuming you have a HDMI Xbox. The bottleneck is more on the graphical throughput for rendering out in stereo.”
Further along, the source nudges and winks about a possible unveiling of 3D gaming on Xbox 360 at E3 in June: “E3 is coming up. Microsoft is going to have to go on stage to say something, aren’t they?” I’ll take that as “3D is coming for Xbox 360.”
I’m still sceptical about the virtues of 3D gaming (even as an early Nintendo 3DS adopter!), but there’s no doubting the impact this could have for Microsoft, especially as Blu-ray playback and 3D gaming are regularly touted perks of the PS3. PS3’s free online play used to be another, until, you know.