Rage, Doom 4 May Not Support Stereoscopic 3D

id Software co-owner and CEO Todd Hollenshead hinted on Tuesday that Rage and Doom 4 may not support 3D gaming. Hollenshead said that the new technology wont's have a serious impact on the gaming industry until the price of 3D HDTVs and displays becomes more reasonable. Still, there was no real confirmation or denial of 3D support.

"My most recent, oh, okay, this is really cool experience with 3D was with the movie Avatar, which everybody has seen," he said in an interview. "Even then, I was a little annoyed that I had to wear these glasses for two hours in a movie. My nose hurt by the end of it."

But he admitted that 3D in the living room is a different experience. "You can get higher quality glasses that fit," he added. "But you still gotta sit in your living room wearing these glasses. And then if you're playing games and move your head then it can get out of phase, which is a major issue. And, also, the TVs are f***ing expensive. Is there enough content to justify?"

3D gaming support varies throughout the industry. Recently Crytek revealed that--starting with Crysis 2--all Crysis sequels will be developed with 3D in mind. EA Sports president Peter Moore was far less enthusiastic about 3D, indicating that the new tech wasn't a right fit for the FIFA franchise. Many development houses and publishers are taking the "wait and see" approach as hardware supporting 3D begins to hit the market.

Hollenshead said that the "uber end of the videophiles" will adopt 3D without hesitation, but that won't be enough for the whole industry to make a shift. "It has to be more pervasive and more widely adopted before it makes sense for videogame development companies to invest," he added.

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  • proxy711
    Not a big issue. 3D is still a gimmick, most gamers don't have and don't have any drive to go buy a 3d setup.
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  • jerreece
    My Honest Answer: "I don't care."

    Nuff said. :)
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  • proxy711
    Not a big issue. 3D is still a gimmick, most gamers don't have and don't have any drive to go buy a 3d setup.
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  • miloo
    3D is cool, but extra 200 bucks for glasses (Nvidia Vision) is what i cant afford
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  • hellwig
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    Rage, Doom 4 May Not Support Stereoscopic 3D

    Oh no, I'm absolutely crushed I tell you, crushed!

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    Hollenshead said that the "uber end of the videophiles" will adopt 3D without hesitation, but that won't be enough for the whole industry to make a shift.

    True enough, they also adopted Laserdisc, and we all know where that ended up.

    I went to Best Buy the other day just because I wanted to see what one of the 3D TVs was like. It made my head hurt, but that could have been because the glasses were welded to a giant steel frame that kept them right in the sweet spot, and I had to bend over at a slight, yet uncomfortable angle to see through them. Of course, I'm sure the experience will be MUCH better once I get that $2500 TV and $500 BluRay player into my apartment (plus an extra, what, $70-$100 per pair of glasses?).

    As long as no one makes it mandatory, I'll be happy, cause I won't have to care.
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