The launch of Sky 3D in April will no doubt bring along with it some great sporting events and interesting documentaries that look great in 3D, but what else is there? There’s only a few other TV channels that have entertained the idea of creating 3D programs, including Discovery, but certainly not enough to warrant forking out for one of the huge TVs that will be in our faces in stores across the country. Of course, there’s always the promise of great video games to tempt you into parting with your hard-earned cash, right?
We can’t wait for the great games in 3D, but they’re such a long way off. With Sony promising that its 3D-ready Bravia range of TVs will launch in the next couple of months alongside some games for the PS3 you’d be forgiven for getting a little excited. But, all we’re sure to get this year are some good tech demos and maybe the odd casual game that makes it look kinda cool, something to show off to your mates – in the same way that showing off Wii Sports was cool until everyone actually realised it wasn’t. They’ll be no major games utilising this technology effectively until 2011, but even then 3D TVs will cost a small fortune. They’re not going to start selling well until a few years from now, in the same way that HD TVs did. And it’s not until then that the price will come down substantially.
To keep up with the Jones’s and buy a 3D TV this year you’re looking at a few thousand pounds. Typically, we’ll see large models with screens measuring between 46 and 55 inches costing anything between $2,000 and $5,000. The cost doesn’t end there though. If you haven’t already got Sky, we presume you’ll want to subscribe to take advantage of Sky 3D; that’s an extra cost. Existing HD or standard Sky box customers are likely to have to pay extra on top of their subscriptions to subscribe to this particular channel also. The 3D glasses are currently being sold separately in Japan (approx $140) and then there’s a transmitter that synchs your glasses with your TV, but bizarrely these glasses only work with the TV that you buy it for and not other models; that’s another $60 cost.
I think we’ll hang on for a little while, thanks at least until one of the big franchises, like Killzone or Uncharted, gets the 3D treatment.