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Sony President Not Impressed With 3D Handhelds Sans Glasses

Posted by Trevor Chan

Cover the 3DS's ears

Nintendo and Sony are two companies at the forefront of 3D gaming, with the former tackling the handheld market, and the latter focusing on the home console demographic. With 3D televisions already under Sony's belt, it's understandable that it wants to focus on hardware that will compliment its new sets.

Kaz Hirai, President at Sony Computer Entertainment, has recently shared his thoughts on the application of the 3D technology on handheld consoles without the use of glasses. Speaking to the Japanese business website Sankei Biz, Hirai commented on the technology:

A portable with naked eye 3D does not have high precision, according to internal research...Presently, there are limits.

Although the quote isn't specifically targeting the 3DS, it was made before the Sony president saw the 3DS on show at the E3 event last week. Was the sight of long queues enough of a turn-off for Hirai? Or did curiosity get the better of him?

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (43)

GC-161

#1

GC-161 said:

With Hirai it's all about selling those expensive Sony 3D TV's. How else are PS3 owners going to play 3D games without 'em? So yeah, obviously he's going to be against a system that can provide a similar experience but won't hurt their wallets.

I can't help but be reminded of what Sony once said about the original DS:

"But I fear that it won't have a lasting impact beyond that of a gimmick." - Sony executive Phil Harrison

And then look at what happened.

skywake

#3

skywake said:

Well yeah, glassesless 3D does blur if you don't look at it from the right angle. So in that sense it lacks the "precision" of passive-glasses and active-glasses 3D because you need to sit in the right spot.

Unfortunately for his argument though, when most people (or at least when I) play a portable console they hold it within 30cm and move it less than a few degrees from the centre. So the lack of precision argument is pretty much void if the 3DS can work within those limits (which according to reports it apparently does).

.... $5 says in the next year Sony announce a PSP2 that has glassesless 3D :P

Slapshot

#13

Slapshot said:

So an article taking out of context to be anti Nintendo from Sony. Great job nl. All he said was it has limitations which we know they are minor but do exist.

damascus

#14

damascus said:

Sony bashed the wii-mote... Now they have the Move.

Sony bashed the 3ds... Soon the PSP2 will be naked 3D too... Touch screen, and dual screen too!

warioswoods

#17

warioswoods said:

A Sony exec does not have high precision, according to internal research...Presently, there are limits.

#20

said:

He is still recovering from the beating Nintendo gave them at E3

bro2dragons

#21

bro2dragons said:

@turtlelink: considering their track record (stealing analog sticks, rumble, motion controls, and more from Nintendo)... PSP3D was confirmed the moment Ninty announced 3DS.

JebbyDeringer

#22

JebbyDeringer said:

I usually play the PS3 naked so when I pick up some 3D games does that mean I'll be playing naked 3D?

miketh2005

#23

miketh2005 said:

Haha, once he sees the 3DS, he would be like, "wth, how did we not know about this?!? its so precise!" calls up assistants
"get your butts to work! we need to copy nintendo and make our own 3D handheld!"

@JebbyDeringer wth
a little too personal, man -- TBD

Arkia

#25

Arkia said:

"internal research" = We couldn't do it, so nobody should be able to do it.

kevohki

#26

kevohki said:

I'm personally waiting until Nintendo releases the 3DSi version in 2012 or maybe even the 3DSi XL in 2013.

blockhead

#32

blockhead said:

He's just mad that it has RRRRRRIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDGGGGGGEEEEEE RACER!!!!!!!!!! in 3D

armoredghor

#35

armoredghor said:

@Kevin more like because he's desparate. look at their new ad campaign the PSP is the best selling handheld... for "serious" gamers. wow way to sidestep the fact that nintendo doubled your sales.

AVahne

#36

AVahne said:

And I'm not impressed with their 3DTVs and their 3D PS3 games. Make it more comfortable, and then just maybe we'll give a damn about what you have to say Sony.

Viper6391

#37

Viper6391 said:

Great another Sony executive who doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. What else is new?

edofthe209

#39

edofthe209 said:

Honestly, If Ninty can make a 3d screen that requires no glasses, why don't they go into the 3d tv biz? I'd actually be interested in getting a 3d tv if not for the stupid shades.

IanUniacke

#40

IanUniacke said:

Well he does have a good point...the PS3 solution is better value because you get some cool shades B)

PS I'm being sarcastic in case you didn't notice.

@edofthe209: It's because this technology only works from close up right in front of it. It wouldn't work as a tv because tv's usually have multiple viewers at multiple points in the room.

Gamer83

#41

Gamer83 said:

I don't understand what people expect they're going to get when they visit a Nintendo-centric website. When I visit this website I don't expect to get unbiased coverage, same when I visit playstationextreme.

Gogata

#42

Gogata said:

He isn't impressed? What a , he sucks! And he copied Nintendo yet again! First with the complete Wii remote rip off, his crappy PS Move and now just when Nintendo announced the 3DS he announces 3D gaming! Sony sucks ! I hope Nintendo sues!

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