Sony announces 3D television plans for every home by 'end of 2010'
The technology, currently only seen in the cinema, will be rolled out in the Japanese electronic giant’s range of TVs, laptops, DVD players and Playstations by end of next year.
Experts say the move, announced at a trade fair in Berlin, is an important boost to the 3D industry.
It follows similar announcements earlier this year from other television manufacturers, including LG and Phillips, who unveiled products plans in the rapidly developing area.
British Sky Broadcasting has also announced plans to launch its first 3D channel next year, offering a broad selection of the best available movies, entertainment and sports in the technology.
While more highly anticipated 3D films are due for release in cinemas over the coming months.
Announcing his company’s plans, Sir Howard Stringer, Sony’s chief executive, said the technology would be offered across the majority of its products.
This included the popular 3D Bravia television sets, while also making Sony's Vaio laptop computers, PlayStation 3 games consoles and Blu-ray disc players compatible with the technology.
He gave no indication of prices but analysts expect early 3D TVs to cost several thousand pounds.
"Today, 3D is clearly on its way to the mass market,” Mr Stringer was expected to tell a press conference at the IFA technology trade show.
There are several types of 3D technology currently available.
Sony said it decided with so-called "active shutter" technology, that uses electronic glasses containing tiny shutters that open and close rapidly in synchronisation with the television image to create the 3D impression.
MikeHaggar wrote:Lots more 3D coming:
Rubbish Russ wrote:Grr.
Mr Marvellous wrote:Long as you like it that's all that matters, fook what anyone else thinks.
Epic's VP Mark Rein has revealed that more than half of 360 users played Gears 2 on standard definition TV's.
EUROGAMER Interview with Mark Rein:
Mark Rein: Over half the users who played Gears of War 2 so far do not have HDTVs. [Dramatic pause]
Mark Rein: I think that tells you there are still a lot of people making the leap to HD.
Eurogamer: So you're saying we're have to increase the userbase of HDTV before we can beam games into people's eyes?
Mark Rein: No. My point is, of the systems that are out there now, the majority of them aren't plugged into HDTVs. So there's no way we're ready for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox Whatever.
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