Sony has announced that it will bring full HD 3D TV to the living room in 2010. The key product in this plan will be a brand new Sony Bravia LCD TV with built-in 3D tech using active-shutter glasses.
Unlike the ugly paper glasses with two coloured lenses we've been used to, active-shutter glasses sync with a sensor in the TV. That means viewing the new Sony Bravia 3D HD TV will allow you to see the full HD image in both eyes.
Our chat with Sony's 3D TV experts revealed that the new Sony Bravia 3D HD TV will run at 200Hz to produce an extremely clear image. The PS3 will also join the party feeding data via HDMI to synchronise the active-shutter glasses for 3D gaming. We tried Motorstorm Pacific Drift on a prototype system and it was almost frighteningly immersive.
Sony says its 3D compatible Sony Bravia LCD TV and the PS3 won't be the only 3D supporting products in its new range. Blu-ray players and Sony VAIO laptops will both get 3D capabilities.
The active-shutter glasses system is not likely to be cheap and we can expect to see the 3D technology restricted to Sony Bravia sets of 40in or over. Sony hasn't ruled out developing a 3D home projector but says it has no plans to develop one yet. Tales of Sony not supporting Sky's 3D TV system seem unlikely too with the broadcaster named explicitly in today's product presentation.
Let us know what you think of 3D TV. Is it something you're desperate to get in your living room? And what do you think of the idea of 3D gaming on your PS3?