Sony and Nintendo go head to head in 3D gaming warefare
At the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles held in June this year, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai did not mince his words when stating that 3D gaming will be the next big thing in the industry. Currently Sony is focusing on making 3D television screens which will no doubt become popular among gamers.
That said though, Hirai said that naked-eye 3D imaging still lacks precision and has too many limitations, which was a direct attack against Nintendo as their 3DS is the only naked-eye platform in development at the moment. In fact, the 3D on the go campaign that Nintendo are punting will see 3D on small screens without glasses before April next year.
In April Sony made upgrades to the PlayStation 3 console, enabling 3D capabilities for users who have 3D enabled televisions. This, however, still makes use of the 3D glasses for users to enjoy the stereoscopic image.
Nintendo is still the number one gaming giant as a result of the Wii and DS devices, which Sony hope to bring down with their release of 20 3D games before March next year. Sony’s attacks on Nintendo, though, have historically been proven ineffective as is evidence of the massively successful DS (which has sold over 125 million units worldwide by January 2010), although Sony’s VP of Studios Phil Harrison said that it wouldn’t have any impact beyond that of a gimmick.