Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot predicts gaming will be heavily 3D by 2012.
During an investors’ conference call on May 18th, Guillemot said he believes that by 2012, 50 percent of all games will be 3D, with 15-20 percent of that growth taking place by next year.
The 3D games are going to come more and more with the TV screens that are available. We did Avatar last year and the experience was enhanced by the 3D experience. On 360, PS3 but also maybe on portable machines. So we can count on substantial growth on the 3D aspect just because it’s more immersive.
I just don’t understand the recent push for 3D in every area of our lives. Who is asking for it? Do most consumers actually want 3D TVs? Why is this suddenly something that must be put into gaming? It feels like a campaign that’s being crammed down everyone’s throats.
It took a long while for homes to upgrade to their current level of HDTVs. According to a recent report by the Consumer Electronics Association, 65% of American homes own at least one HDTV. One in four homes plan on buying a HDTV within the next twelve months.
With the way the world economy is, it seems impossible that these extremely expensive 3D televisions will be in all these homes in just two short years. It seems even more ridiculous to assume that half of the games released by 2012 will be 3D.
Even if it does happen, there aren’t going to be enough 3D TVs in homes for these games to sell. Crazier things have happened, but this probably won’t be one of them.
Is anyone even considering the health risks with 3D? I can’t imagine playing these games for more than two hours at a time can be good for your health. I’m getting flashbacks of the Virtual Boy and massive migraine headaches.
My eyes are bad enough. I think with 3D TVs, movies, concerts, games, and probably 3D mirrors in every bathroom my vision is going to be destroyed.
Hopefully Killzone 3 is fully enjoyable without the 3D aspect. We shouldn’t be forced to upgrade to new technology so quickly just to get the full experience of games, or to even play them in the first place.
Gaming seems too filled with gimmicks that nobody asked for as it is. You can add 3D to the list.
[photo by Paul Sakuma / Associated Press]